Detroit Contracting and Depopulating

June 23, 2009

Mapscroll Blog has an interesting post on the depopulation of Detroit:

Detroit had a population of close to 2 million. Since then it's shed more than half its population and now, according to City Farmer, "about 30% of Detroit is now vacant land — about 40 square miles, by one estimate." Forty square miles is roughly the size of San Francisco.

The post then goes on to discuss proposals to contract the city through extensive razing. Wouldn't improving Michigan's tax climate, particularly the awful Michigan Business Tax, be a better option?

More on Michigan here.

(Hat tip William McKelvey)

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