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Cities V. "Blank Slate" Distinction

Often times we hear Detroit called a "blank slate" in the media, a term that invokes of the ire of the "we're still here and there is plenty going on and has been for years" crowd. Today we learn that New Orleans gets that same treatment (from NPR) and hates the term as well. "New Orleans became a blank slate after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. And ever since, entrepreneurs have rushed in to experiment with new ideas for building and running a city." [Huff Po Detroit]