This week Michigan’s governor Rick Snyder reluctantly appointed an Emergency Manager to run the failed city of Detroit. The manager will have sweeping powers that allow him to void contracts, lay-off employees, reorganize entire departments and basically do whatever he pleases. Whether this will allow the city to avoid bankruptcy is an open question. Detroit is $14 billion in debt with no way out. Population in the last 60 years has declined from 1.8 million to around 700,000 today. At this rate someone will truly have turn off the lights after the last person leaves, except that scavengers will have stolen all the copper wiring before that happens.
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