Tom Ivacko pens Dome op-ed about declining health of Michigan cities

October 28, 2011

The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy's (CLOSUP) Tom Ivacko wrote an op-ed for Dome magazine titled, "Michigan Cities Suffer Declining Health (Part 1)."

In this column Ivacko discusses the challenges facing local governments in the state of Michigan—including unemployment, homelessness, crime, brain drain, failing infrastructure, disinvestment, and more—and what the last few years of retrenchment and declining health mean for the state.

"The bad news is abundant," Ivacko writes. "Our cities are suffering, and we need them to thrive. Thankfully, there is good news, too. Michigan's cities are also adapting to these challenges in important ways."