Our Thanksgiving trip took us just west of Detroit. Lansing has its post-auto-industry challenges, but Detroit is simply a mess:

Average home value: $18,500
Foreclosures since 2005: 67,000
Unemployment rate: 21%
Peak population, 1950s: 1.8 million
Current population: ~900,000
Highest violent crime rate in the US (2007 FBI stats)

Detroit’s Woes Go Beyond Auto Industry