The Extremes of Detroit

Jay Walljasper pays a visit to Detroit, and finds an intersection where wealth and Detroit's famous urban decay live cheek-by-jowl.
August 15, 2010, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Walljasper writes, "This kind of city-suburban divide raises disturbing questions, not only about urban decline but also about our shrinking sense of the common good. Through years of travel, the only comparable experience was crossing from East to West Berlin in the days before Germany reunited. But the Detroit-Grosse Pointe boundary poses an even more stark contrast between deprivation and prosperity - all within the boundaries of the same nation."

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Published on Friday, August 13, 2010 in
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