How did Detroit drop so far so fast? There were a lot of factors. But one of them was government corruption. And no single person represents the era of Detroit corruption better than former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. He just got sentenced to 28 years (yes, 28) in federal prison.

+ “Over the past 80 years, five Detroit mayors and four county executives have either been sent to prison, were the subjects of federal probes, or were removed from office.” Charlie LeDuff on Detroit’s corrupt political past.