This is a great article explaining what really happened to Detroit. The census data that was realeased today shows a 25% decline in the last decade.
It's not just the decline of the auto industry, which by itself can be attributed to poor upper management and union abuse.
It is sad to see what happened to a once beautiful, bustling city. I first came to Detroit in 1969, when the city was still alive and business was booming. If Mayor Bing can turn things around, along with the new Governor Snyder, that will be a miracle.