For the past year, for the first time in decades, people in the suburbs, in Lansing, and across America are thinking about Detroit.
Everybody has had to face that Detroit is broken, hopelessly in debt, largely a shattered ruin, and that city services, the schools and so much else doesn’t work.
For many years, everyone knew things were bad, but nobody did much about it.
The political class running the city denied the extent of the problem and did not welcome outside intervention. The rest of us mostly said, fine.
Now, however, things are very different.