Let this week's events in Detroit lead to a reexamination of our goals as a nation and how we can reach them. Let us take advantage of the vast amounts of new knowledge we have gained since 1967 about how to reduce poverty and its impact on children.
Obscured by the prevailing gloom, Detroit possesses the essential elements of a turnaround. If built upon and wisely managed Detroit will experience the kind of renaissance that has made a retooled Pittsburgh so attractive and vibrant. Here are some of the building blocks.
The doom and gloom tale of Detroit abounds. But don't declare the city dead just yet. There's another story about Detroit waiting to be told, one of resiliency and possibility amid the trouble.
The looming time-bombs of unfunded and under-funded pension liabilities threaten to shred the very fabric of American society. Detroit should spur a frank discussion on American values.
Enjoy Tom Falco's Tomversation comic with Jacomo the Mole and Tom the Rabbit Daily at www.GoComics.com/Tomversation ...
MOTOR (WINDY) CITY Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis' view of crime-plagued, financially failing Detroit looks awfully familiar. He says a lot ...
If Detroit prevails in significantly reducing its pension obligations, it will potentially provide a blueprint for other jurisdictions to follow.
We all risk living in the next Detroit. A true memorial for Trayvon Martin would be a federal full employment bill with guarantees that its benefits would reach into every city and town, every racial and ethnic group, and every family and household in the nation.
Steady access to capital is still a long ways off for pioneering local food entrepreneurs in Detroit. However, cooperation amongst entrepreneurs and mounting advocacy for innovative business structures are bringing secure funding into the horizon.
What does make a city happy? If we can understand this, it might be possible to design cities that are happier places to live, work and visit.
I feel bad for the folks in Detroit right now because it already sucks to live there, plus the Lions are usually bad, and with this new bankruptcy filing, it's just another blow to the hometown spirit.
"They'll kill us before they feed us." That's what an old friend once told me. Know it or not, like it or not -- we're screwed. Yes, he was talking ...
Whether you see the bankruptcy filing as a positive or not, the real solution is people. Getting people to trust Detroit again, or maybe for the first time, has been hard for a long while and the latest chapter nine doesn't help, at least not in the short term.
One part of my blueprint however, always stayed the same. After traveling the world I'd ultimately settle down in my hometown. But what do you do when the place you planned your dreams around no longer exists? What do you do when you're from Detroit?
LEGAL VS. RIGHT Whether House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws in trying to obtain a raise for a political donor at Metra is all but irrelevant....
The world will shrug when Detroit's art collection is put on the block, when cops are fired, when schools close and when real people suffer. But don't pay back bondholders and attention must be paid.