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Renaissance Center Brought No Renaissance
Top photo:
A 1949 aerial photo of a Detroit neighborhood, including St. Cyril Catholic Church, speaks to better days when the Motor City was a magnet for people and job providers.
Bottom photo:
The same neighborhood in 2003 shows “rural sprawl.” Despite the best efforts of officials to revive Detroit’s fortunes, the city’s population has declined by 50 percent since the 1950s.