Being a hardcore Michigander-I think It's a good idea. Detroit-parts of it-look like a warzone. A DEAD warzone. Bombed out cities at the end of WWII come to mind. No businesses-no livable homes-its dead. Take photos for posterity-and mow it over.
The folks who DO live there better get put somewhere-help 'em out for 6 months-if they dont figure out how to live without living on drug dealing and such-f$ck em.
I know that sounds f#cked up-but the fact of the matter is-nobody with a real job lives there. AND if they do have real jobs-and are good people--they'll do better in a better economic freindly area.drug pushers and pimps-fug em.
You said it. I remember going there in the early 90s and seeing burned out buildings - then realizing this was from the riots. Ya know, the riots THIRTY YEARS EARLIER. That should give some perspective on what parts of Detroit are like.
Probably the worst thing... Detroit improved by a large margin over my lifetime in Michigan (I lived in Michigan 1983 to about 2002) - it got a lot safer (still fairly dangerous, just less so), schools improved in some places, etc. Only for it to start to get worse all over again because of all the crap that's happened in the past 10 years. Sad.