Mint has this quick edit on Ford setting up its second car-making plant in Sanand, Gujarat, next to the plot where the Tata Nano is made.
The edit says this Sanand could become India’s Detroit with so car manufacturing companies coming up.
Actually I hope it doesn’t. Detroit is actually an amazing case study on how a great city could bite the dust.
In 2010, the city had a population of 713,777 and ranked as the 18th most populous cityin the United States. At its peak in 1950, the city was the fifth-largest in the U.S.A., but has since seen a major shift in its population to the suburbs. Between 2000 and 2010, the city’s population declined by 25%. Among major American cities during the decade, only New Orleans experienced a greater decrease by percentage.
Unlike other cities, Detroit could not move beyond cars. As most if these US car companies like GM, Ford lost market share so did Detroit.
Though I must add Sanand is still far away from Detroit and is still a small town. But it should be aware of the history of Detroit and choose a more successful global city as its aspiration. Detroit case study is pretty tragic and should not really be applied..