A headline to stop you in your tracks: US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive. The article is mostly about Flint - the poorest city on the US:

"The obsession with growth is sadly a very American thing. Across the US, there's an assumption that all development is good, that if communities are growing they are successful. If they're shrinking, they're failing." ...

Already, some streets peter out into woods or meadows, no trace remaining of the homes that once stood there.

Reads like some some kind of post-civilisation dystopia novel. Sadly, the obsession with growth is probably intrinsic to the continued existence over hundreds of thousands of years of the human life-form. Survival isn't usually predicated on a will to shrink.

(The picture - unrelated but related - is from a series of abandoned amusement parks in China, Japan, S. Korea and Laos.)