Is planning to fail, as the old saying goes. That's the reason for astronomical decline of Detroit, according to this piece. While it would be impossible for one person to read every single book or article detailing Detroit's decline, I've read a lot of them, and this is definitely a good one. The comments on this article are amazing as well, nearly 100 so far and almost every single one is as insightful as the article. While I'm on the topic, here's another interesting article about Detroit. I pulled both of these pieces from Richard Florida's prolific Twitter feed. Finally, I recently learned that Detroit was in the running to host the 1968 Summer Olympics. Think about that one for a second. There are some good clips up on YouTube from the movies put together for the selection committee.