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  • Is Tsipras a reckless revolutionary, a shrewd strategist, or a feckless fool? Nai.
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How to give away a home in Vehicle City, Michigan, one of the most violent places in the world.

The 9/11 Memorial Corner occupies three of the four lots at the intersection of North and McClellan streets, on the vanishing north end of Flint. A cross between folk art and patriotic kitsch, its backdrop is a pentaptych of the Manhattan skyline, with the Twin Towers still the tallest stalks in that architectural garden. A ceramic angel spreads her plaster wings atop the middle panel, while in the grass—more tightly barbered here than in any of the surrounding yards—is a statuette of the Virgin Mary bowing her head. Written on a billboard are the names of every police officer and firefighter who died that Tuesday morning. A winding path of cinder blocks bears a hand-painted roll call of all the soldiers who never came home from Afghanistan. “OUR (heart) AND (praying hands) GO OUT TO THE WORLD. GOD BLESS 9-11-01 AMERICA,” reads the message on a concrete foundation road-mapped with weeds.

I discovered the corner six years ago, while searching for the remains of Buick City, a factory that once employed 28,000 autoworkers before it closed in 1999, leaving behind a neighborhood of shuttered taverns, party stores, stringy people sitting on slanted porches,... Continue Reading

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Jul 07
  • Is Tsipras a reckless revolutionary, a shrewd strategist, or a feckless fool? Nai.
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