Today there is an election in Detroit. Actually, there is probably an election in many other places besides Detroit, yet we doubt that it matters less anywhere except Detroit.
It will be interesting to see how many folks show up to vote. With the Emergency Manager and all it is difficult to imagine a more pointless endeavor than voting in Detroit today. Not that we're against the EM; Detroiters brought Kevyn Orr upon themselves through irresponsible voting as it is. And eventually the people elected today will indeed run the city. Perhaps the real questions are, will the newly elected have learned from the past and actually be responsible guardians of the public trust? Will the new Detroit City Council, elected mainly from districts, actually represent the city and not simply use their thrones to rant against everyone they suppose are against her? Will this be the true renaissance which brings Detroit back into respectability or merely another example of the provinciality which has plagued the town for years? Will Detroit actually become a part of Michigan, or continue to insist she stands alone?
We shall see. In the meantime, watch the local news and pretend, Detroiters, that we are still players in the Wolverine state. It will at least make things entertaining.