Winnipeg Offers Model For Detroit to Follow

Detroit should look to a neighbor in the north for advice on rebounding from industrial decline, according to this piece from <em>New Geography</em>, which argues that Winnipeg has already paved the way.
May 19, 2011, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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The key to Winnipeg's recovery is immigration.

"When Americans think of Winnipeg, they think of white guys wearing earmuffs in July, speaking with the kind of Canadian accents typically ridiculed on American sitcoms. When Canadians from outside of Manitoba think of Winnipeg, they think of a former industrial city that is hardly a draw to the much sought after "creative class" even though the city has the nation's lowest housing cost. What no one from outside the city associates with Winnipeg is immigration.

Winnipeg's immigration success is not well known outside of the province, but it is hard to dispute the facts. Smart immigration policies have helped Winnipeg stabilize its population and reverse the city's decline."

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Published on Sunday, May 15, 2011 in New Geography
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