Cities in distress

Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times

“People almost feel like the city goes on in spite of city government — that city government in this case certainly doesn’t define the city — and that affects how they’re feeling about what comes next.”

– Kurt Metzger, the director of Data Driven Detroit

Imagine that. Also, read about the Benguche family who live on a block in Detroit with just a single streetlight (now considering W Rockland Street lucky). The city estimates that 40 percent of the streetlights in Detroit do not work.

Financial Crisis Just a Symptom of Detroit’s Woes [New York Times]

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