Can Cities Shrink Their Way Back to Greatness?

In a recent NYTimes Economix blog entry, Edward Glaeser argues that we should watch Detroit under mayor David Bing and see if the answer is yes.  Bing, former NBA all-star guard, has formulated a plan to downsize Detroit; that is, identify policies that will help Detroit generate a sustainable comparative advantage by reducing and removing those policies that are destructive.  It’s an intriguing and very politically challenging idea.  See what you think.