We might be in the midst of a recession, but I don’t think we have seen anything yet. Most of America is not willing to acknowledge a few key concepts.
1. Things won’t bounce back to where they were, expect recovery to be in decades not months. A new normal has been set.
2. The old economy is dying. The days of manufacturing things is now a commodity. That other countries are able to much better and cheaper.
3. Our educational system is broken to prepare America’s youth for the new economy.
I understand that I sound like chicken little and at this point people are laughing at the mention of the sky falling. I could point to statistics and reputable journalists, but perhaps the best thing to do is show you reality. Let’s take a look at a great city that at one time was the “model city” for “industrial” America, Detroit.
It literally lays in ruins. It looks vacant similar to Chernobyl after a nuclear meltdown. Will all cities be in this position? No. Is there a little of Detroit coming to every city? Yes. We can no longer stand idle and watch as things decay. It is time to step up and unite. Tackle the tough problems we face in educating our youth and training a displaced workforce. It is time to make creativity and innovation core to our culture and walk through to the other side prosperous and and top. As you watch these samples of urban decay ask yourself what you can do to change your neighborhood, city and state. How can you help be part of the solution?