Detroit: End of the American Dream or Hope of the Future?
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Detroit is America's poster child for urban decay, featuring crime, racial tensions, unemployment and a declining population. Can it be re-invented on a smaller scale? Could it become a model for urban restoration in other parts of the country? Also, Egypt's defense minister warns of a collapse of the state. On Reporter's Notebook, will bipartisan immigration reform proposed in the Senate have a chance on the other side of Capitol Hill?
Banner image: Detroit skyline from the Cultural Center. Photo by John N Only
Egypt's Defense Minister Warns of State Collapse ()
Violence continues in several Egyptian cities, and it's escalating in Cairo. General Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the country's most powerful institution, is warning about the “collapse of the state,” according to David Kirkpatrick, Cairo Bureau Chief for the New York Times.
Detroit: End of the American Dream or Hope of the Future? ()
Detroit is a shrinking city, with just 700,000 residents in a place designed for two million. Many who still live there want to leave. But instead of trying to restore the Silicon Valley of the Jazz Age to its time of industrial greatness, civic leaders have another idea. The Detroit Future City report is hugely ambitious: showing a greener, healthier and more prosperous city — at Detroit's present size. Can the symbol of post-industrial ruin become a model for re-inventing not only Detroit but other failing cities in the Rust Belt, Florida and California?
- Mark Binelli: Rolling Stone
- John Gallagher: Detroit Free Press, @JGallagherFreep
- Toni Griffin: Detroit Future City
- Sam Staley: Reason Foundation, @samrstaley
President Obama Launches Immigration Reform Push ()
Before his speech today in Las Vegas, the White House said President Obama "will applaud the bipartisan Senate agreement" on immigration reform, which is "consistent with his long-held view." Yesterday, eight senators, four from each party, outlined the details of a new plan for immigration reform. We hear what Republican and Democratic Senators have in mind, from Chris Cillizza, Politics Managing Editor at the Washington Post where he blogs at The Fix.
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