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Old 11-02-2008, 09:15 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Let's take for example Chicago and Detroit, the two largest cities in the mid west. In the 1950s, these two cities had similar structures and populations. However, if you look today, the metro areas are radically different. Chicago's population is booming, 90% of neighorhoods are great, mass transit is wonderful, and Chicago is one of the world's great cities. Detroit, on the other hand, has become the leaughing stock and the Baghdad of the United States. My question is why these two cities are so different, despite their similar upbringings
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Old 11-02-2008, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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The decline of the auto industry really hurt Detroit for one. White flight.

But it's not quite as black and white as you make it. Detroit isn't bad and Chicago isn't good. Detroit has some nice areas and Chicago has some bad areas. I don't think you can classify an entire city as "Baghdad of the U.S."
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:49 PM
 
Location: yeah
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because of stuff
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:00 PM
 
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I always wondered why Atlanta can't be more like Tokyo, instead of being like Detroit. I also wonder why San Diego has to be so perfect, and why it has to be so different from Los Angeles.
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