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Old 08-11-2008, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:26 PM
 
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I hope that isn't true, but Kwame is doing his best to make it so. Such a shame.
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Old 08-18-2008, 02:37 PM
 
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Yes. interesting article. And will I'll agree that Detroit is probably going to lose population until around the date they say (2030). I doubt it going to go the way of the ancient societies did. If my take on history is correct then there where really 4 things that caused a city to die and/or shrink to nothing.

1. A foreign army marched in and leveled the city to the ground (ex. Rome and Carthage). Or the city was raided and lost it place as a main hub of civilization (Like the late western roman empire.)

2. Pestilence (plague or the like) came and wiped out a large part of the population and the city just didn't recover.

3. Trade routes changed and the city was no longer need or bypassed by the trade routes.

4. A terrible natural disaster happened.

As I see it Detroit is being diminished by number 3. The auto industry is on the down slope and there is a need to find other industries/services to help it rebuild itself. And while I say that. I don't think Detroit is going to fall from the earth. But perhaps it will have a much smaller population in the future. Which is not always a bad thing. So many people in this country complain of urban sprawl and crammed housing. Well here is a chance to reverse this trend. perhaps it time for the city to explore ways to make it less cramped there. But that up to them.
But as for some of the other U.S. cities mentioned. Well event 4 is what going to decide there fate. New Orleans as far as I'm concerned should be left to the ages. It's just going to cost too much to fix it and perhaps even then if a storm is bad enough it could still wipe the place out. As for San Francisco. Well that place is living of borrowed time. Eventually something going to to give and that city will be crushed. And really there's nothing we can really do about that. It is what it is folks. I also some of the supposedly less vulnerable cities might take a hit eventually. Like NYC. I believe there is island off Africa and it a very geologically unstable island. Now some scientist say there is a possibility that if a large portion of the island were to collapse you could have a mega-tsunami that could really do some damage to the place. So really really no where is absolutely safe.

BTW let me ask. Are there really any major natural disasters in Michigan as a whole? I have not really heard of many things that could destroy a city, much less a town. But maybe I'm missing something.
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Old 08-18-2008, 02:39 PM
 
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Tornados could, I suppose. In the case of Detroit, it will more likely be the people.
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