US government looks at razing suburbs
As fortunes decline and people leave, some centres find there are "simply too few people to pay for services".
by Tom Leonard, The Telegraph
June 12, 2009 — The US government is looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature.
Local politicians believe the city must contract by as much as 40 percent, concentrating the dwindling population and local services into a more viable area.
The radical experiment is the brainchild of Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, which includes Flint.
Having outlined his strategy to Barack Obama during the election campaign, Mr Kildee has now been approached by the US government and a group of charities who want him to apply what he has learnt to the rest of the country.
Mr Kildee said he will concentrate on 50 cities...
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US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive, by Tom Leonard, The Telegraph, June 12 2009
Should We Bulldoze the 'Burbs?, by Eoin O'Carroll, Christian Science Monitor via Alternet. June 30, 2009
Posted: July 02, 2009
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