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Sovereign cities

Cities hold a special place in the development of human beings. Their emergence is linked to the shift from hunting and gathering societies to the development of agriculture. As humans succeeded in agriculture, we were able to develop more permanent settlements and begin the process of specialization and the exchange of goods, services and ideas that gave rise to city life. ...

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Hope blossoms in Detroit

Chris Hedges is one of my favorite columnists. A graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, he has been a foreign correspondent in many parts of the world sending back dispatches, which reveal both a deep concern for life and a profound despair about the future of our planet. ...

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The wheels on the bus

Despite what mainstream media says, Detroit is wealthy in a variety of ways. The city’s wealth in history, culture and self-determination is exhibited in its historic demographic shifts over time; resources, race, and relationships have been shoved into corners of this area in ways I’ve never seen before, and it is especially apparent in Detroit’s food and transportation systems. ...

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Legal and right

The decision to pursue bankruptcy for the city of Detroit by Judge Steven Rhodes was not surprising. Almost everyone expected the judge to rule in favor of bankruptcy protection. What was surprising was the amount of time the judge took in delivering his decision and the effort he took to explain himself, especially on the key questions of did the city negotiate in good faith with its creditors; the numerou ...

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