Of course, I sometimes share a sense of sadness, but still I wonder: why is it "sad" for a building to be left to decay if there is no one willing to use it? ... I'd like to believe I am much more saddened by people whose lives fall apart than I am by crumbling stones or plaster. Sadly, social decay is just so much more easy to ignore, and not as prettily exposed with the lens of a camera.
But one city stands out in the crowd --- St. Louis, which has dropped not 50 percent, but 61 percent. Not since the Romans leveled Carthage has a city lost so much of its population. In 1950, St. Louis was the nation's eighth largest city, with 857,000 residents. By 1999, the US Census Bureau was estimating the population at 334,000, down 523,000. More people have left St. Louis than live in Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver or Cleveland. The population of St. Louis has dipped to the lowest level since the mid-1870s. Now St. Louis ranks as the nation's 50th largest city, behind, for example, Fresno, Mesa (Arizona) and Colorado Springs, none of which had 100,000 residents in 1950.
ormondsacker: Or an end-of-term vacation. One of those two.
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