The stark contrast between the haves and have-nots is apparent from above, so too is the city’s rebound.
In the 1950s, Detroit was the 4th largest city in the U.S. with a booming population around 2 million as seen in some vintage footage of Detroit. As the de-industrialization process restructured the US economy, globalization restructured the world’s economy, and Detroit’s local economic strategy crumbled. Detroit was $18-20 million in debt with a population around 700,000 and is unable to pull out of this nosedive. The tax base shrunk, city services were spread thin and in 2013, Detroit filed for bankruptcy. Today, some parts of Detroit are rebounding well while others are in absolute disarray. These differences can, in part, be understood by using aerial photography and a spatial perspective.