Magazine May 14, 2012, Issue

Let Detroit Fail

An inside look &$151; the abandoned Detroit Public Schools Book Depository (J. Griffioen/Sweet Juniper)
The case against bailing out our worst city

An industrial juggernaut in the days of Packard and Hudson, Detroit today is home to a new and uniquely 21st-century industry: the art of urban ruin. Detroit has become a mecca for photographers drawn to its blight. Grand theaters molder and collapse in increments, brick by brick. Vast interiors abandoned by humans collect debris and are repopulated by wildlife, with packs of feral dogs so large and so vicious that the U.S. Postal Service has considered ceasing delivery in some parts of Detroit. Trees take root in the most unlikely of places, sprouting from the roofs of abandoned buildings. It

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Articles

Politics & Policy

Rigorously Modest

Imagine that a U.S. president is considering his options vis-à-vis a rapidly developing Iranian nuclear-weapons program. First, a science adviser comes into the room and predicts that if the Iranians ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Magic Accounting

‘Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It,” read the front-page headline in the February 12 issue of the New York Times. Reporting from Chisago County, north of Minneapolis, ...
Politics & Policy

A Lethargic Dragon

Americans have always looked abroad for inspiration. Alexander Hamilton drew on the experience of Britain and France to shape the economic institutions of the early republic. In the early 19th ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Tales of the Tellers

Thick reference books traditionally have been solemn tomes, housed and read in library reference rooms where sudden snorts of laughter are unexpected and unappreciated. By this standard, the doorstopper under ...
Politics & Policy

Unreal Campus

When Terrence Malick returned to filmmaking after a two-decade hiatus, the result was 1998’s The Thin Red Line, which is in many ways the most Malicky of all his movies: ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

The Biker’s Code Bravo to National Review for Charles C. W. Cooke’s article on bikers (“Right Turn on the Open Road,” April 30). I haven’t been to Daytona or Sturgis, but I have ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Perhaps the Secret Service picked up some bad habits protecting John Edwards back in 2004. ‐ For months, the Obama campaign and its media militia harped on the story that ...
Athwart

Incontinental

You’re forgiven if you don’t want to hear anything about the Titanic for another century, but heed this: The death of the great ship is intimately connected to the matter ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

EXPOSURE The wind is much too strong. He tries to shelter where a split rock hides a narrow patch of grass beneath the summit shining like stained glass and sees the sun go down ...
Happy Warrior

A Ravening Justice

To get the obvious out of the way: I loathe John Edwards. I loathe him as a slick ambulance-chasing trial lawyer, as a preening poseur of a presidential candidate, as ...

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