Can You Guess Which Five Big U.S. Cities Are Destined to be Ghost Towns?

Posted: April 23, 2008 in Your Shelter
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” Detroit is the lone city on this list that’s already in the process of becoming ruins– over fifty percent of the city’s peak population has already moved away, and vast areas of the city have been demolished to hide the occupancy issues posed by this economic tragedy. “
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  1. canuck99 says:

    Building cities on the coastline and below sea level–now that’s dumb. We Canadians are much smarter than that (oops: Richmond and Pitt Meadows)…

  2. Andy says:

    It is easy enough to exist in a city that is below sea level; Amsterdam has been doing it for centuries. The only question is if it is cost effective to do so. North America is so under populated (32.57 people/sq.km in the USA vs. 486.72 people/sq.km in the Netherlands (http://www.photius.com/rankings/geography/population_density_persons_per_sq_km_2007_0.html)) that it is cheaper to just move somewhere more convenient than protect a city.

  3. canuck99 says:

    Point taken. In a way the market is already making this happen–specifically the insurance market. A U.S. cousin of mine told me that hurricane insurance in parts of south Florida is so high now that you could pay for the property outright in five years with premiums alone. … Time to move inland, folks.

    I just shake my head with the planning here in Vancouver. We know we’re on a major fault and a big one is due, so why are we building in former swamplands like Pitt Meadows when we could be building on the mountainside and leaving the lowlands for food?

  4. mandycat says:

    Its called greed for the cold hard cash. That’s why they do it.

    I was just talking about this the other day with someone. In a short while, most of the world will be under water in some way anyways, so to developers it doesn’t really matter. If it can make someone a quick buck now, our future generations will be the ones paying for it, not us. Hence why no one cares about global warming or the environment either. There’s no immediate consequences for their actions, so why bother worrying.

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