i got an aunt and uncle who've lived in detroit since the 1950s. they lived through the riots in the sixties, the steep recession in the 70s (that brought detroit to the brink), white flight, but they got out about four years before this hit. my aunt has stories from the great depression, and her and my uncle used to say that at least in the US in the 1930s, when what happened in detroit happened on a mass scale, a lot of people could still feed themselves in some way, shape, or form.
i remember her saying the scary thing was that wasn't the case now, and that her city and its working poor wouldn't survive it.
i was happy to hear that there's some hope there, and sense. one thing there is a lot of is vacant land, and as any indigenous person still fighting for whatever land is left will tell you, that's the basis for autonomy, self-actualization and community development.
thanks for the post fancy.