The government looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature.
Local politicians believe the city must contract by as much as 40 per cent, concentrating the dwindling population and local services into a more viable area.
The radical experiment is the brainchild of Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, which includes Flint.
Could Guantanamo Bay terrorism suspects end up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula?
Former Michigan Gov. John Engler created only a minor stir when he suggested earlier in the month that prisoners from Guantanamo Bay could be moved to the Upper Peninsula.
Now Sen. Carl Levin, Democratic chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has signed on, and people are paying attention.
And the committee's ranking Republican, Sen. John McCain, said he was open to the "possibility."
State likely to lose seat, maybe two, in Congress
2010 (infested by ACORN) US Census will likely show Michigan population decline
BLOWN AWAY JENNY, BLOWN AWAY!
"...in five years, you're going to be blown away."
Gov. Jennifer Granholm at 2006 State of the State address