What is the solution? Mayor Bing and Detroit have some hard choices to make, including balancing the current budget. But to do so by cutting public safety--reportedly by as many as 500 police officers and 400 firefighters--simply exacerbates the downward structural cycle by further endangering public safety. The solution is to find a way to balance the budget (the short-term symptom) and simultaneously improve public safety, thereby breaking the downward structural cycle, and provide the catalyzt for a revitalization of Detroit. To be sure, Bing and Detroit have made substantial progress on public safety and attracting population to a few isolated neighborhoods mostly in the revitalized downtown area. The current budget proposal needs to build on these successes, but it offers less success, not more.