Sunday, June 08, 2008

I think there is too much bad news, not enough good news, too much about what happened and not enough about what ought to be done. In light of that, an article that acknowledges the spectacular thud of the Rust Belt but also offers a solution for renewal, is a good read. Windsor, across from the Detroit River, has a better idea than its twin sister, which seems content to build a few casinos and otherwise act as a giant, living mausoleum. The well-paying automobile manufacturing jobs of the past are gone, in large part because no one wants to buy cars anymore, no matter how much unions protest. Creating new well-paying jobs for unskilled workers, of course, is the $64,000-a-year (roughly what workers at a GM assembly plant make) question.

It remains to be seen whether anything will come of this idea for a new energy industry in the Great Lakes region, but at least they're not going to "get bitter, [or] cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment."

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