The Silverdome, a vacant stadium that used to be home to the Detroit Lions and the occasional big event, has been closed to the public since 2012. Detroiturbex, a site aimed at documenting the history of Detroit, recorded this footage of the Michigan stadium in the rain. It's alarming to see its disrepair.
Last year, the New York Times published an interesting op-ed posing what really ails Detroit, suggesting that the economic downturn of the city is not necessarily a direct result of the recession or outsourced labor.
The reason so many manufacturing-sector workers in the United States received such high pay at that time was not that they had exceptional skills or had received superior training; it was that the corporations for which they worked were unsurpassed in their dominance and generated huge revenues.
But that dominance was, to a considerable degree, a momentary quirk of history: the absence, in the wake of World War II, of any real competition from other nations. Once foreign competition was re-established, in Europe and Asia, only the superior skills of a nation's workers and a focus on long-term workers' training would allow a country to stay ahead.