Could Detroit's dilemma be the wave of the future for other atrophying U.S. cities? The New York Times reports that the Motor City is facing an urban planning crisis nobody expected: how to make the city smaller.
We ran some heart-breaking photos of Detroit's urban decay a while back, and mayor Dave Bing and urban planners have been talking about ways to cut back some of the dead tissue and wind up with a smaller, more viable city. They're going over the whole city, mile by mile, to identify the places with the most foreclosures and abandoned houses. The bottom line: The city may not be able to afford to provide trash, sewer and police services to areas where almost nobody lives any more.