In The Case Against Economic Disaster Porn Noreen Malone takes issue with photos of crumbling Detroit. They’re presenting the city as static, something that can’t be saved. (Read the article for yourself; it has that snivelling snark only TNR can really pull off.)
The question is, of course, why bother? The market has spoken. Why try to save Detroit? What great value does The Rusty City have that we all need to band together to resuscitate its mouldy corpse?
The people living in Detroit will eventually move away until it finds its equilibrium. It might not be a pretty place at the end of the day, or a prosperous one, but it will exist to remind us that not everyone can be prosperous forever.