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What Will Detroit Look Like in 2040?

On the 50th anniversary of Detroit’s civil unrest, a forecast for the challenges and opportunities the Motor City will face in the next few decades.
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It’s been exactly 50 years since the civil unrest in Detroit. The year 1967—a chink in the city’s zeitgeist caused by the trickle-down racism and economic loss—sent the city spiraling for decades after. In recent years, however, the Motor City has been rebounding—slowly and unevenly, for sure—but rebounding nonetheless. The question now is: what direction are the city and its surrounding areas headed in now?

A new Urban Institute report takes a stab at the answer. It forecasts the opportunities and the challenges for the region, on the basis of past demographic and housing trends.