That was a good article...thanks for posting. Having grown up in Southeastern Michigan in the 70's/80's, I remember when the automotive industry was booming, and it clearly showed in that area - it was a vibrant time. The last time I went back for a visit in 2001, I was shocked at the Detroit area...it is abysmal how that area has changed for the worse, and a lot in-part due to the drastic changes in the automotive industry. It's sad to say the least.
On a positive note, I remember doing a paper on Henry Ford in one of my business classes and it's too bad a lot of that asymmetric business sense he had hasn't rubbed off on the rest of the Ford family...