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A Letter from Detroit

Detroit’s glittering revival isn’t just leaving most residents behind — it’s premised on their impoverishment.

Street Scene of Downtown Detroit (Library of Congress)

The scale of Detroit’s ongoing transformation is staggering. There are new hockey and basketball stadiums, a streetcar system, and dozens of luxury apartment complexes. New storefronts showcase the wares of companies like Nike, Under Armour, and Whole Foods. Reconverted corporate skyscrapers look down on the city. A century ago, Detroit turned itself into a mecca […]

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