At least we’re not Ohio?


Lauren Ruhland, 2008 MCPP intern

I almost feel a little guilt after my third Detroit post in three days– I don’t live or work there, and I visit maybe once a year.  However, just as NYC is many people’s first association with the Empire State, so Detroit is the face of Michigan to those with no real knowledge of the state’s geographic and cultural diversity.

That said, it’s with some reluctance that I bring up Forbes Magazine’s list of the America’s fastest-dying cities:

Canton, OH
Youngstown, OH
Flint, MI
Scranton, PA
Dayton, OH
Cleveland, OH
Springfield, MA
Buffalo, N.Y.
Detroit, MI
Charleston, WV

At least Detroit’s got Flint to keep it company.  From the article:

These [metropolitan statistical areas] face fleeing populations, painful waves of unemployment and barely growing economies. By our measure, they’ve struggled the worst of any areas in the nation in the 21st century. And they face even bleaker futures.

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