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Stephanie Johnston / PUBLIC WORKS / July 24, 2013
Detroit’s infrastructure was built for 1.8 million people. Today, 700,000 live within the same 140-square-mile service area. Experts believe that street, water, wastewater, streetlight, and other infrastructure systems are three times the size they need to be for the city’s population.
In the long march toward bankruptcy, public works tried valiantly – amidst pay and benefits cuts, furloughs, and workforce reductions — to bridge this gap. Inevitably, though, service declined or disappeared entirely. Garbage is picked up twice a month. Some neighborhoods contract privatelyRead More