Motor city - without motors

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60 years of Democrat and Union rule and they cannot keep the lights on. From The Detroit News:
Areas of Detroit may remain without power until noon Thursday
Several of the city�s major institutions remain without power Wednesday evening after an outage caused the closure of several city buildings in downtown and Midtown, including City Hall, the People Mover and parts of Wayne State University.

City spokesman Bob Warfield said at about 5 p.m. crews were continuing to work on the problems. Chief Operating Officer Gary Brown said it could be around noon Thursday before power is fully restored.

Wednesday�s outage around 1 p.m., caused by an overloading of the city�s power grid, forced hundreds of city workers and students to leave early, stranded some on the People Mover and in elevators in buildings and delayed major court cases.
And not a new thing either:
There have been five major power outages in Detroit related to Detroit Public Lighting Department problems since 2000, including one in June 2000, considered the largest such outage in the city's history.
Out here, we can expect to lose power at least once/year if not more. This is something we expect and we are prepared with generators for light and internet and we can shelter in place with stored food and propane for heating and cooking for 30 days. This is part and parcel of living in a very rural community. An urban environment is a lot more fragile and tender -- what we here deal with on a day-to-day basis could start a major cascade into chaos in an unprepared city. There is a significant price for having such a high population density. True, there are some wonderful benefits too -- I do not regret my time spent in Boston or Seattle but up here, I am two hours away from Seattle so driving down for a show is not unthinkable -- but -- Seattle is also two hours from me! A nice buffer with a lot of other cities in between...

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