I posted this to Facebook earlier:
"It's both shocking and saddening when you read about the population
history of Detroit. At its peak in the 1950s, its number of inhabitants
stood at 1.8 million people - on par with Los Angeles at the time.
Nowadays, its population has dropped into the 600,000s and is smaller
than places like Indianapolis and Charlotte.
The past few decades
have been unkind to Detroit. It would be great if the city one day
reverses its long-term decline and bounces back."
You would think that there would be more shame and outrage present at the fading of a great American city. Instead, few people really care and many mock Detroit and its supporters. This is a city that was once an economic powerhouse and the throne of the American automobile industry; nowadays, it's a place that recently exited bankruptcy and a laughingstock.