One of our good friends and super-member, Jace Deloney, shared these before and after photos of his hometown of Port Arthur. He recommends looking at them while listening to UGK, one of his hometown heroes, for the full effect.
You can also ponder one of the lines I use in the Curbside Chat when showing similar destruction along Front Street in my hometown of Brainerd.
Here's the great thing: nothing that is missing in the second photo is difficult to build. We could put this back in a generation and make our places strong and healthy again, we just need to think differently about them.