Detroit Rising?: Crisis, Bankruptcy, and Reinvention

Public lecture hosted by LSE Cities

Detroit is the largest American municipality to have declared bankruptcy. In this LSE Cities public lecture leading urban historian Thomas Sugrue examined the roots of the city’s fiscal crisis, its implications for urban finance, pensions, and the future of American cities, and examines the opportunities and obstacles that Detroit faces in its efforts to restructure its local government, redevelop its downtown and neighborhoods, and reorganize its troubled economy.

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    Thomas Sugrue

    Thomas J. Sugrue is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University.

    Michael McQuarrie

    Michael McQuarrie is Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science.