Detroit: Organized for failure

Rosslyn Smith
Read these descriptions of the structure of city government in Detroit.   I find it a bit reminiscent of the bloated  organization charts that were in place in the American auto industry during the era when it foisted cars such as the Pinto, its big brother the Mustang II, the Gremlin and the Vega -- to name just a few -- upon consumers.   This is not surprising as Detroit's system went into effect in 1974.  The cynic in me suspects that at the time it was adopted both the corporations headquartered in Detroit and the labor unions pushed for this system because each thought they would be able to control the government of a city that lacked political accountability by residential neighborhoods.  The unions won and now everybody loses. The Mayor Detroit has a "strong mayoral" system, with the mayor approving departmental appointments. The council approves budgets, but the mayor is not obligated to adhere to any earmarking. The city clerk supervises...(Read Full Post)

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