TWITTER -- August 7, 2013 at 6:13 PM ET
Twitter Chat: In Light of Detroit, What Challenges Do Cities Face Today?
PBS NewsHour holds live Twitter chats each Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT. Join us on Twitter @NewsHour using the hashtag #NewsHourChats. Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
When Detroit filed for bankruptcy earlier this summer it seemed as if the move was a long-time coming. The city, as NewsHour blogger Larry Kotlikoff wrote, had been bankrupt for years, something that was already apparent to many residents. The news, though, raised questions about cities. Could other municipal governments follow Detroit? Do successful cities have certain attributes?
On Thursday, Aug. 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT, PBS NewsHour in partnership with the Urban Institute hosted a Twitter chat on the economic health of cities. Also joining us will be Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution. We discussed some of the following questions:
- What fundamental changes can we expect American cities to undergo in the next generation?
- What makes a city a good (or bad) place to live?
- What is the biggest challenges cities face today? Does location play a role here?
- Should cities focus on economic growth? If so, how?
- How should we think about the role of population change in a city's future?
- What does the Detroit bankruptcy mean to you?
You can see a transcript of the discussion below: