Numbers don’t do much for me. Which is why the news stories about Shrinking Cities I find most interesting are not about the aggregate numbers of blight, vacancy, job loss, and foreclosures, but the human stories (and photos).

Here are some interesting stories that I’ve come across:

These stories capture the struggles, perseverance, and opportunities in shrinking cities. And it’s this human element, not the statistics, that fuels my passion for planning.

What’s your favorite shrinking cities story?