As I think about the city of Detroit and the recent decision to file for chapter 9 bankruptcy, my thoughts return to my grandparents.
I was born in 1974. When I was young, I spent many weekends at my grandparents house. They lived in Detroit, in the house where they’d lived since the 1950’s. I spent a lot of time there. I got to hear about the decline of Detroit, and how things were getting worse, not better.
I have these memories from the early 1980s. That was thirty years ago.
For many, those times would likely be considered good days compared to where things stand today.
1950’s – The Decline Begins
The city of Detroit started to decline in the 1950’s if many reports are to be believed. That’s when population started to decline, as the suburbs started to rapidly expand, and the postwar boom saw many people leave the city for the ‘new’ suburbs.