Originally Posted by Crawford
You do realize that Metro Detroit is just barely below its historic peak population, right? There are plenty of cities in the U.S. and worldwide with much higher rates of population loss.
And I doubt the average heights of buildings is decreasing. That makes no sense. There were barely any highrises to begin with in the metro.
Even if every one were torn down (what are we talking, 200-250 at most?) it wouldn't make any difference in a metro of 5 million. The average floor count has probably grown over time, as development trends favor McMansion-ish two-floor homes, while one-floor ranches and bungalows were all the rage in the postwar era.
Really? Which of the other 10 biggest cities in 1950 half last half their city population and whose metro population is below the peak.
And he said the average height of buildings in Detroit had decreased, I don't think it included the suburbs.
It was done by a University professor so I assume the data has more credence but maybe it doesn't.
Here is a blurb that I found about what I saw at the Graham Foundation in Chicago a number of years ago.
“Stalking Detroit,” an exhibition at the Graham Foundation in Chicago, on view October 2 – November 14, chronicles a unique urban evolution. According to curators Jason Young, Charles Waldheim, and Georgia Daskalakis, the city continues to prosecute the most extensive, publicly funded program of demolition of abandoned buildings in U.S. history. Photographs, diagrams, drawings, and texts illustrate these unique conditions for architecture and urbanism. The documentation is bolstered with architectural and urban design projects distilled from Detroit’s material and social culture in the 1990s, when demolition replaced construction as the city’s primary architectural activity.
The exhibition opens with a lecture by co-curator Charles Waldheim, Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Architecture, College of Architecture and the Arts, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his teaching and research focus on landscape and its relationship to contemporary urbanism.