wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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If no bailout, then what?

Maybe we get another Studebaker-Packard event. Eric Scheie links to a NYT article about the failure of the Studebaker-Packard company and its impact on Detroit. Scheie also has links to YouTube video of urban explorers scoping out the derelict factory complex and of Packard workers on the assembly line in happier times.

Personally, I don't think it would be quite that bad. If you sold off the assets of the Big Three to the transplants or to new companies. I have little doubt that the former UAW employees would rather work for $48/hour compensation rather than insist on $72 and not work at all. Chevrolet, Cadillac, Dodge, Buick, Jeep, Ford, Lincoln and Mercury are still names to conjure with, if sometimes only as truck lines. Still, I think there might be a few more ruins added to the already screwed-up Detroit cityscape.
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