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Census data released last week showed that Detroit's population had plunged 25 percent over the last decade. From 2000 to 2010, 237,500 people left the city, which from 1920 to 1950 was the fourth largest in the country.
Although Detroit's numbers are startling, a shrinking city is not a new phenomenon; indeed the loss of population is a fairly common trend in the once-thriving industrial cities in the Midwest. But as swaths of city neighborhoods turn into vacant land, what can done about them? Are there ways to bring them back to life?