Detroit hit by massive power outage

December 2, 2014, 6:27 PM UTC

Detroit and beyond

Yes, Detroit. Not only is the cost of living relatively low, but the local economy "is starting to recover, and there's a great local emphasis on STEM education," Silver says. Motown's Woodward Avenue is buzzing with tech startups, as well as bigger companies like Compuware, which moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit from Chicago in 2003 and now invests in new IT companies in the area. Twitter has a brand new Detroit office, too. Last year at this time, Silver notes, "Detroit had about 800 IT job postings on Dice on any given day. Now, it's about 1,100. The auto industry certainly needs a lot of tech talent, but it's not just about cars anymore." Let's say that, for whatever reasons, none of those cities appeals to you. The rest of the Top 10 for total number of tech jobs, after third-ranked Silicon Valley: Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, and Philadelphia.
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By Dan Kedmey, TIME

A sprawling power failure in downtown Detroit forced widespread closures and evacuations of buildings across the city on Tuesday.

City officials confirmed that a power grid went down Tuesday morning around 10:30 am, plunging courts, fire stations and office towers into darkness, according to reports by ABC News affiliate, WXYZ Detroit. A spokesperson for DTE Energy told USA Today that roughly 100 buildings had been affected.

The outage has forced some fire stations to switch on back-up generators, USA Today reports, and prompted a growing number of schools to close for the day. Wayne State University listed more than 40 buildings on campus affected by the outage.

Pictures of darkened buildings were shared on Twitter throughout the morning. The exact cause of the outage is still unknown.