Editorial Board

Detroit Can't Blow Its Second Chance

There are reasons for optimism in Detroit, especially if the city takes this opportunity to face up to some long-smoldering problems.

Down but not out.

Photographer: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Take a walk in downtown Detroit these days and you won't sense an imminent apocalypse. Signs of life abound: stylish new apartment buildings, vibrant sports stadiums, a pleasing diversity of craft beer at busy pubs. Startups are starting up, older businesses are returning, and a small flowering of artist enclaves is brightening the urban grid.

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