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September 03, 2013

Big Dreams, but Little Consensus, for a New Detroit

DETROIT — There are 78,000 abandoned buildings in this city standing in various levels of decay. Services have fallen into dysfunction, and debts are piling ever higher. Yet for all the misery, Detroit’s bankruptcy gives an American city a rare chance to reshape itself from top to bottom.

ut reinventing a city so devastated is hardly a sure thing, and the questions about how to proceed loom as large as the answers:

Should its areas of nearly vacant blocks be transformed into urban farms, parks and even ponds made from storm water?

Could its old automobile manufacturing economy be shifted into one centering on technology, bioscience and international trade?
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