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November 24, 2014

The Only Way to Bring Back Detroit

Adam Ozimek: “The good news is that unlike other areas of the world that are struggling to reverse a development decline, there are millions of people who would love a chance to move to Detroit: immigrants. Rather than focus on the sisyphean task of convincing people who currently don’t want to move to Detroit, we should focus on how to allow in those who do.”

“The state of Michigan could issue tens of thousands of worker visas for Detroit… Importantly, immigrants who located in Detroit under this visa should be able to choose any employer in Detroit… A regional visas should be created that let’s cities experiment and choose their own path in this way. It’s the only free market plan out there with any chance of making a serious impact in Detroit… And unlike just about every other plan you see, like bailouts or tax cuts, this has the advantage that it doesn’t require other people’s money.”

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    And if they want to leave Detroit after they get there?

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