Oh yes, I very often wonder what it was like back in the day.
In the mid-eighties my then-husband-to-be took a job with Ford Motor Company and we moved from Mt. Pleasant (MI) to Detroit. At the time it was common to see "Demolished by Neglect" stenciled on buildings and/or the sheets of plywood that replaced missing doors and windows. Sometime later I learned that Demolished by Neglect
was the work of the Urban Center for Photography in Detroit. I was up until one last night trying to find out whether the UCPiD still exists. I don't think it does as it is remarkably difficult to find information about it out here on the web.
Anyway, I've been reading and saving articles about Detroit's disappearing architectural heritage since 1987. I've visited The Ruins
many times and it's a big favorite.
Looking at Detroit and the the still ruined parts of New Orleans , it's hard to believe they're part of America.