Are the suburbs to blame for Detroit's financial problems?

(DETROIT) - Are the suburbs to blame for Detroit's financial woes?

That's what Urban Studies Theorist Dr. Richard Florida believes. While speaking at the Detroit Regional Chamber Conference Thursday, Florida placed the blame on Detroit's suburbs.

Florida says the suburbs need to lend a hand in rebuilding Detroit.  After all, many residents left the city for the suburbs in the first place.

"It's time for Detroit to stop blaming the city and for the suburbs to accept responsibility," said Florida.

Warren Mayor Fouts doesn't seem to agree with that sentiment, "Detroit needs to be responsible for [its] own destiny and can't blame others," he told 7 Action News.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's reaction to Florida was a bit more abrasive, "Wow an academic ignoring reality again. I Just threw up in my mouth."

So, what do you think about Florida's take on the suburbs responsibility for Detroit's financial problems. Answer our poll above and sound off in the comments section below.

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