Detroit now the Second Motor City
This weekend I was sitting on the beach with my family, and the conversation drifted towards the economy. My mom’s side of my immediate family moved to Illinois about ten years ago, and I try to keep her up to date on the goings-on in her old home town. As much as I love the state I grew up in and still live in it made me sad when I realized the only news I had to share this weekend was bad news.
Well, add another one to the list. Or maybe we should start a “Ten Signs of the Coming Michi-pocalypse”.
Quote from the link above:
“For the first time since the assembly line was invented and implemented in Michigan by Henry Ford, the state known as the capital of the worldâ€™s industry failed to produce the most amount of vehicles in North America last year.”
Bummer. Regardless of the relatively minor impact this report will have, to me it’s a sign of something larger which may be happening all over the U.S. as the world changes: Michigan is losing its identity.
HEY AUTOMAKERS: Here’s an idea. Turn Detroit into “The Hybrid City”. With mile-long waiting lists and ever rising popularity you really couldn’t go wrong.
UPDATE: I’m not alone with this idea.