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General Motors world headquarters is seen behind a historic warehouse being restored along the Detroit River in this July 21, 2013, file photo.
General Motors world headquarters is seen behind a historic warehouse being restored along the Detroit River in this July 21, 2013, file photo.
(REBECCA COOK/REUTERS)

Jeff Wattrick

The messy, tragic truth about Detroit’s bankruptcy

Detroit’s bankruptcy was a long time coming, the inevitable consequence of a 60-year slide brought about by myriad factors both within and outside the control of the city’s leaders and residents.

Curious onlookers, however, will find no shortage of simplistic accounts for Detroit’s fate. H.L. Mencken put it best: “Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.”