Bordain on Detroit sounds JUST LIKE UTICA!

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#1 Nov 10, 2013

" the shrinkage of population, flight of the middle class, drugs, and some of the most spectacularly, unapologetically rapacious, incompetent and corrupt leadership imaginable."

Unlike most other cities who ran into trouble when steel or textiles or industry left town, Detroit didn't (or couldn't ) go on the usual idiot building spree, tearing down old buildings and paving over city center as "pedestrian malls," ruining the city's character and stripping its center in favor of the "shopping districts," convention centers and faux "ye Olde Towne" hubs that so many places imagined would revive their fortunes and instead left their city centers empty, characterless and without heart -- looking like everyplace else.

A few years ago, for another series, we filmed a show called "The Rust Belt" but which we jokingly referred to as "The ****ed Up Cities Show." We spent time in Buffalo, Baltimore and Detroit.

When the show aired, the responses from Baltimore and Buffalo were mostly outrage:

"Why didn't you show our new symphony hall?," "That's not the city I live in! Why didn't you show the positive side? There are great craft breweries in the hipster district!"

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