The eventual outcome of out of control municipal pension & retiree benefit obligations, along with a declining population, in many parts of the NE and upper midwest, was real obvious at least twenty years ago. Things like this tend to take a very long time to get to a point of no return. A long time indeed.
On the hand, Vulture Boy managed to completely squander whatever credibility he might have started with in next to no time at all.
You absolutely cannot compare Detroit to the rest of the country. It's a one off. Detroit's problems are quite unique to the rest of the country. NO jobs, dwindling tax base, horrid education system, 50%+ illiteracy rate, dependent almost exclusively on high-paying automotive jobs (which are fewer and fewer nowadays), (lack of good) leadership (King Kwame is prime example), 15% unemployment rate, hmmm need I go on? A culmination of this makes the perfect storm!