Finding the New Brooklyns

With Brooklyn becoming a synonym for gentrification, we can call cities like Detroit a new Brooklyn when they attract artists and affect a poor population.

Should Water Be Free?

Although protestors in Detroit and Ireland say water is a human right, economists, citing a definition of a public good and a tornado alarm, would disagree.

Should Detroit Sell Its Art?

During 2009, a still life painted by Henri Matisse was sold at a Christie’s auction for $46 million. The Detroit Institute of Arts owns Poppies, also a Matisse oil on canvas but a bit larger. A municipal bankruptcy like Detroit’s creates…

The Natural Resource Curse: Detroit?

Displaying all municipalities that filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection since 2010, this map shows cities, towns and counties in red (8) and utility authorities and other municipalities in black (28). With Detroit’s filing  most recent, this May 13 post…

Economic Growth: Natural Resource Curse

The natural resource curse can strike in surprising places. But Detroit? When economies blessed with commodity wealth fail to soar, the reason might be the natural resource curse. Single minded focus on one economic sector means unpreparedness when that sector…