I just read an article in the Chicago Trib about how bad things are in Detroit. It is mind-boggling to think that the average home price in the city is $7500. The link is http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-detroit-housingjan29,...
I think it has been well-established that Detroit is an urban wasteland . . . iirc, this was covered in mgoblog sometime in the last few years.
My question . . . what effect, if any, does the economy in Michigan, and the Detroit area in particular, have on U of M, both in general, and in sports recruiting? When a student in the 70's and 80's, there were always a ton of students from Troy, Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills, Grosse Pointe and Warren, etc., etc. Is that shifting? Is Michigan taking more out of state/out of area kids?
As regards recruiting, is Detroit now on a par with Pahokee, or WVa, where college sports is one of the few ways for underclass kids to escape? Could the silver lining in the crummy economy be that the worse things get in metro-Detroit, the better things are for sports recruiting at UofM? I haven't been in Detroit for years, but it sounds pretty bleak.