May 27, 2013 Leave a Comment
Watch Independent Lens “Detropia” at 9 p.m. Monday, May 27 on Wisconsin Public Television.
It’s amazing to see how much things can change in just a matter of years. You would never expect the fastest growing city in the country to one day turn completely around and become the country’s fastest shrinking city. I guess it’s kind of like when you move away from home and come back 10 years later to see how much everything has changed… for better or for worse.
You always hope to see vacant lots turned into city parks and abandoned houses renovated and filled with new families bringing life back to an old neighborhood. However, sometimes you return to find the vacancies spreading even farther and wider and watch the hope for recovery slowly fade away.
One thing is for sure – the rise and fall of Detroit has been and will continue to be closely monitored as a lesson for the future. All we can we do for now is hope that this is just part of a natural cycle and once it reaches a certain level, Detroit will be shocked back to life and continue to rise once again.