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Reclaim the street

John Norquist

Urbanist & former mayor

After the Second World War, Detroit was triumphant while Berlin and Tokyo lay in ruins. Today, however, failures in urban planning have left it the one looking war-ravaged. To rebuild, Motor City needs to welcome back the pedestrian and rip up its motorways.

During the Second World War, Detroit was the most productive city on earth. America and its British and Soviet allies won the war with Detroit-made tanks, Jeeps, guns, planes and ammunition. In August 1945 the city stood triumphant. Its…

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