03/25/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

America's Top 15 Emptiest Cities: Recession Turns Boom Towns Into Ghost Towns

Call it a modern-day tale of two cities.

For decades, Las Vegas, ripe with new construction and economic development, burgeoned into a shimmering urban carnival. Detroit, once the fulcrum of American industry, sagged and rusted under its own weight.

These days, it's the worst of times for both.

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