The long, slow and sad decline of Motor City

News of Detroit's bankruptcy is just the latest chapter in the decline of what was once the US's fourth most populous city, writes Niall Stanage.

20th July, 2013
At one stage, Detroit was the fourth biggest city in the United States, and it had the grandeur that befitted its status.

The lights did not go out in Detroit when the city announced the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in the history of the United States late last week. Many of them had not been working in the first place.

Among the many indignities that were noted in the city's bankruptcy filing, around 40 per cent of its streetlights do not work. Residents wait an average of almost an hour for the police to respond to emergency...

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