They can't afford streetlights, and it may take an hour or more to get a response to a 911 call, but Detroit's movers and shakers have big plans: a new event center/hockey arena and - ta-da! - a light-rail line. These are sure to "spur development", just as it hasn't in Porkland, and would only cost $800 million or maybe a billion.
Without "vibrant central cities," college-educated young people will continue to leave "and take the future Michigan economy with them," said Lou Glazer, an economic expert and president of the nonpartisan research organization Michigan Future Inc.
Yep, vibrant central cities, that's the ticket! That seems to be the buzzword of the decade; it's tossed around all the time here in Porkland. "Vibrant", "Spur Development", and "Icon", along with their close associates "green&sustainable", are constant refrains here in the City of Hoses. And it's a sure bet that sooner, rather than later, the city will join Detroit, Stockton, and other "vibrant" places in bankruptcy court.
Maybe Detroit can enact an "arts tax", too.