The Detroit Free Press posted an excellent piece on why Detroit declared bankruptcy. It’s long as hell but well-written, well-researched, and as much as anyone can, tells in simple terms what is a complex set of issues. No one person or entity is wholly exonerated or held wholly responsible, but all are analyzed for their roles in helping to fight against and/or causing Detroit’s downfall. Some unions are taken to task – and as a pro-union guy, I’m sensitive to those things – but not unfairly so. Ultimately, this is an excellent example of public scholarship, and the type of research I do.
(And I like how they try to end once and for all the scapegoating of Coleman Young for Detroit’s decline!)
I’m interested to know what you all think: