The city would do well to stabilize the park side structures like, er, Parkside. They're the most architecturally significant buildings, the ones that visitors see when using the park, and a good starting point for enticing new residents and dollars into what I regard as one of the most, possibly the most, depressed and crime ridden sections of the city. Save the best part of it and hope the rest can survive what will surely be another decade or more of waiting for serious reinvestment.
There is a history book on the Jewish population of SM at the Free Library I was browsing through last week. The second to last section is on the flight from the neighborhood. 95% of the Jewish population left within 5 years starting around 1950, or so the book claims. It didn't seem like there was particular pressure to go beyond the general sense that the suburbs were the "next big thing". At that point industry was still relatively intact, the neighborhood seemed to be very nice overall, and even the surrounding neighborhoods weren't in all that bad shape. Incredible.
I struggle to understand it, although I suppose I can understand the sheer totality with which Jewish populations enter and leave areas, being somewhat more insular from a community standpoint than other groups, and the unique ethno-religious connection binding people together more uniformly. Still, just astounding to read.