(Detroit looks at downsizing to save city, David Runk, AP via The Washington Post, 03/09/10)
Detroit, the very symbol of American industrial might for most of the 20th century, is drawing up a radical renewal plan that calls for turning large swaths of this now-blighted, rusted-out city back into the fields and farmland that existed before the automobile.
Operating on a scale never before attempted in this country, the city would demolish houses in some of the most desolate sections of Detroit and move residents into stronger neighborhoods. Roughly a quarter of the 139-square-mile city could go from urban to semi-rural.
What's going to be overlooked by all of the enthusiastic, twenty-something, urban-planners with greenscapes on their minds and fancy maps erupting from their MacBooks is this:
Step One: Destroy your base economy.
I wish Detroit and the other cities luck, but I hope Houston doesn't follow them.