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(NaturalNews) During the 1950s and 1960s, the city of Detroit became the automobile manufacturing capital of the world. Growing to become America’s fourth-largest city, it was a model of modernity and American production capacity.

Between 1910 and 1950, the PBS program “The Rundown” reports, “few cities grew faster, were wealthier, were more attractive to those seeking success than what became known as the Motor City.”

Detroit population today less than half of 1950 census count

Peaking at about 1.8 million people in 1950, the city has since lost more than half of its population. Entire automobile factories have laid dormant and rotting for years; whole neighborhoods have been abandoned and are decaying. The city’s finances are a shambles, and there are scarcely enough resources to keep basic services like fire, police and EMS operating.

To put Detroit’s decline in perspective, PBS notes, today fewer than 20,000 of the city’s roughly 714,000 people work in manufacturing.

The city’s decline recently manifested itself again, this time in a recent failure of its aging power grid.

‘Another reminder’

According to The Detroit News, officials hopes that a four-year, $200 million upgrade to the city’s decrepit power grid will help avoid more system-wide shutdowns like one that occurred Dec. 3, resulting in forced evacuations, people being trapped in elevators and hospital rooms and public buildings being left in the dark.

The massive, widespread outage was yet “another reminder of how much work we still have to do to rebuild the city,” said Mayor Mike Duggan.

The Detroit News further reported:

The city and DTE Energy are in the early stages of the project to update the city’s electrical grid, which hasn’t been modernized for decades. DTE is paying for the upgrades during an 18-month inspection of the system. Work began in July; when the transition is complete in about four years, DTE will run the system and the city will be out of the power business.

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