I think the points in this article about the ongoing failure of Detroit are well taken. We will never recover from this kind of social failure until we have the strength to let it happen. The voters in Detroit have made their choice, and from the blow back on the issue still strongly support the city government. So let them have what they want good and hard. Beyond the points in the article, there is the fact that every bad thing that happens from this point forward will be far more easily blamed on someone other than the city government or the voters. The only hope of recovery is to not do things which obfuscate that.