A coworker was commenting on a recent news story. Apparently the city of Detroit decided to let old abandon buildings burn rather than put out the fires. My coworker's comments reminded me of a documentary that showed some of those old abandoned buildings before they were abandoned. Many of them were grand and beautiful places 50 years ago. Today, I couldn't help but to wonder if that's what the fall of Rome looked like? I also couldn't help but to wonder how many other city's will share the same fate? There are ghost towns that resulted from running out of natural resources like gold or silver, but I can't think of anything like the decline of so many cities in the "Rust Belt", other than the Fall of Rome. I also can't help but to think the trend is going to continue. I figured GM was on the way out when it announced Oldsmobile was going extinct. It only made sense that rest of the corporation would go the same way since the same people that ran a once great company like Oldsmobile into the ground were the same people managing the rest of the corporation. Now I'm thinking the same thing about the rest of the country. Are the people that run all of the other industries and city/state governments any different than those in Detroit? So is this what the decline of an Empire looks like, or is Detroit and the Rust Belt an anomaly?