Sue discovered this last night on Google maps. Many areas of Detroit now have vacant land where buildings used to be. Unless the trend is reversed, people and business will continue to leave and the process will accelerate.
I went to college in Michigan. I want Detroit to come back. It’s given us (at least for many decades) a hugely productive auto industry as well as Motown music and some of the greatest rock and roll ever.
Comments on a post at The Big Picture about Detroit indicate the city is making things worse by having high taxes, onerous building regulations, and more. If so, that needs to change immediately.
Maybe they could bring back homesteading. Let people take abandoned houses for free if they agree to live there for several years. Ditto for businesses. Give people and business a reason to relocate there.