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Neither the right nor the left of Michigan politics likes the fact that the state governor has appointed an emergency financial manager to take control of the City of Detroit, but as Isidoros Kyrlangitses shows, the new manager will be critical in calming the municipal bond market and preventing infrastructure costs from inflating across the US.

Many governments are encouraging agriculture in urban areas--so long as it doesn't challenge the status quo. Cities must learn to embrace 'urban ag' movements to engage citizens, and the key challenge will be regulation that permits new land uses.

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Why Toronto grows while Detroit shrinks

Isidoros Kyrlangitses argues that while Detroit's "home rule" status gives local voters greater influence, its pro-residents policies result in population decline, whereas Toronto's limited powers induce a focus on pro-development policies that encourage population growth.

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