Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it all means. This week, Howes says Detroit’s failure to make Inc.’s list of headquarters finalists represents the weight of the city’s history. Decades of decline and dysfunction culminated in the bankruptcies of two automakers. And the city just three years ago emerged from the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. Add poor mass transit and ever poorer K-12 educational attainment, and the legacy can be too heavy to overcome – at least now.

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