Pontiac, Mich.: Putting a Face on the Auto Crisis

Every once in a while, The New York Times does some really great (and heartbreaking) reporting out of the Detroit area.

Today they’re carrying an article about Pontiac, Michigan–which is facing takeover by the state government amid unmanageable budget deficits, high unemployment and otherwise general misery.

There’s not a whole lot of happy news in this article but it’s the truth. People are suffering. This recession is real and it’s taking a real toll. Every time we read about a closing, that’s people’s lives that are ruined.

Like 19-year-old Tristan Williams, a college student and janitor, who is making due without heat and electricity, while he tries to support his unemployed parents.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/05/us/05pontiac.html?_r=1

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