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The Detroit Blues

Dead trees, junk cars, and dim, dim streetlights.

11:06 AM, Sep 4, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Tom Walsh of the Detroit Free Press, writes about some of the obstacles in Detroit's way if it is to show its best face come the "invasion by the nation’s media in October for baseball playoffs and, hopefully, a World Series."


The challenge is not to sweep the streets and jail the hookers, as it would be in many American cities. Detroit's decline is so far advanced that the city has 4,000 dead trees that "are dead, hanging over people’s houses and causing hazards." And an equal number of abandoned cars on the streets, waiting to be towed.

Furthermore, the city authorities need to find a way to get "40,000 non-functioning Detroit streetlights turned on."

These things take money and administrative will, both of which are scarce.

But the Tigers are leading their division by a comfortable margin and the city moves ahead on its new hockey arena. Maybe the visiting media won't notice the other stuff.

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