Detroit or Pittsburgh?
Even before the bottom really fell out from under Detroit there was a pretty good news story in the Detroit Free Press contrasting our situation with theirs: Different City, Similar Story. I have mentioned in the past some speculation on my part.. but I suspect that that article was a seed that lead to at least some of the positive PR the region had received in the last year. It's also interesting to realize that article was from early 2008 when things were nowhere near as bad as they are now for Detroit. How different are the two regions? At the county level I have my new google powered Rust Belt Watch. As of when I type the June number has not been updated as yet. The raw unemployment number for Wayne county in June is coming in at 18.5%.