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HayleyS July 23rd, 2013 1:55am

Due to the economy, entire cities in Spain have become deserted. Do you think anything like this could happen in the United States within your lifetime?

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/22/13 7:01 pm

This question is way too serious to be coming from you - ugh! Just kidding. =)

Yes, it has already happened. Many times, throughout the nation. Not just in my lifetime already, but it has happened through history - and it will certainly continue to.

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Kris Humidity Central
07/22/13 6:57 pm

Hello Detroit.

Maybe the cities won't be totally abandoned, but they become barren of jobs and those left are just living there, squatting.

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MisterE Conservistan
07/22/13 6:58 pm

It's already happened to Detroit.

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Skarface Banned
07/22/13 8:00 pm

Detroit's population has been on decline for a while, and people are moving out faster and faster.

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HayleyS looking up.
07/22/13 7:14 pm

The thing about these cities though were that they were huge cities. (My dad is watching some documentary about it). They showed this huge airport the size of Atlanta airport completely deserted. It was built 5 years ago.

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NateE Moderate Republican
07/22/13 7:23 pm

Oh god I hope not, but who knows

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
07/22/13 7:01 pm

Sure. There are lots of cities here in the states that have had no reason to be for years, Detroit is just one of the bigger ones of those. Cities that work will get even bigger, cities that don't will get better (by getting MUCH smaller).

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shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
07/22/13 9:17 pm

Hasn't that happened in parts of Detroit?

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Rob Be Safe Be Smart
07/22/13 8:11 pm

'Main street America' & factories have been becoming deserted for a while. Sure some hole cities like Detroit, has anyone said Detroit yet?..DetroitDetroit..

We NEED to start building and making stuff in this country again, and we need to do it now.

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/22/13 7:02 pm

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ghost_towns_in_the_United_States

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mikeey1962 on SOH where else
07/22/13 7:06 pm

You said exactly what I was gonna say...,

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MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/22/13 7:06 pm

Woohoo! :D I'm on a roll today, haha. Stealing your comments before you even post them!

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HayleyS looking up.
07/22/13 7:15 pm

No really really big city here has gone deserted, has it?

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/22/13 7:23 pm

Well, downtown Phoenix, AZ was quite desolate for a while, as were the high rises I'm Miami & Ft. Meyers, FL. I'm not quite sure how they are now, but for the past few years, they were essentially abandoned. Also, Rio Vista, CA was quite large.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/22/13 7:24 pm

They're not really near the same level or size, by any means. But there are a great many cities, such as Detroit - which are on the brink.

Dibbs iN My oWn liTTle w0rlD
07/22/13 8:10 pm

This is why I hate listening to the news these days. I'm 19 and maybe things like this might actually happen. It keeps getting harder to imagine a bright future. Don't we owe it to ourselves and, more importantly, future generations to fix this?

Nizabelle Cambridge, MA
07/22/13 7:54 pm

The situation in Spain, and even in Greece or that matter are not quite like what's going on here.

BusinessJustin Tamriel
07/22/13 9:20 pm

Probably not, but driving through Gary, Indiana I might be led to believe otherwise. Huge steel town right outside of Chicago and the birthplace of Michael Jackson. Somehow though, it's utterly desolate. So perhaps it can happen.

onendone On a Beach
07/22/13 7:06 pm

Spain and much of Europe is in serious trouble. Spain is in a death spiral they likey wont recover from. Coupled with the ridiculously high tax rates is a declining birth rate. The US is not quite as dire but we are heading that direction.