The city still acts as if it has nearly two million people sometimes...
but it's less than half that. The consensus is, among urban planners,
that the city needs to shrink to survive and renew itself.
Urban planners insist -- and Detroit's political leaders are
beginning to acknowledge -- that the city cannot continue to function
as if nearly 2 million people still live there. That tax base is long
gone, taking with it the money required to maintain city services and a
once had 1.8 million people, and it's not likely that that number is
going to come back in the next two to three decades -- if ever," said
Dan Kildee, Genesee County treasurer and a national advocate for
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