Though much smaller, Central Falls filed for bankruptcy in 2011 citing many of the same problems now seen in Detroit -- mismanagement, reduced state and federal aid and skyrocketing health care and pension costs.
Fighting poverty in Detroit and across the country requires not just protecting existing programs that work, but also doing more to promote opportunities for the children and adults whose voices are not heard on the convention floors.
Detroit is becoming a place, in certain pockets, where citizenship isn't defined by voting and paying taxes. It's thought of more broadly -- creative collaboration to create new ways of living out of necessity.
Let me say, as a young gentrifier, it's not that easy. Aside from my daily struggle of squeezing my legs into my skinny jeans, life is not a trust-fund joyride when you're a partially employed member of Detroit's creative class.