NORWALK, Conn. – Detroit, a once-great American city – think auto industry, Motown, City of Champions – declared bankruptcy last week. The city’s financial demise was apparently hastened by the economic crash that closed auto factories, left tens of thousands of people unemployed and sent hordes of people scurrying to find work and housing elsewhere. The city has lost 25 percent of its population, and the related tax revenue.
But that is simplifying the situation. A story on NBCNews.com puts Detroit’s crash into the broader context of what is happening in cities and towns across the country, and says Detroit may well be the canary in the coal mine. This is not a political piece. There is no partisanship. It is not a long, in-depth analysis. Rather, it raises a few issues that hit home in Norwalk, issues relating to pensions and other expenses that are handcuffing municipalities at budget time.
This is particularly apropos here as we enter into the meat of the campaign season to choose who will lead Norwalk, as mayor, Common Council and Board of Education members over the coming years.
Click here to read the piece, which is part of a news roundup column.