I really enjoyed the lines about how he believes the rest of America wants Detroit to fail. I guess it appealed to that part of me which falls for the nobody-respects-us cliche. Although in this case I think it's fair to say in this case that you don't have to invent the disrespect.
The Transformers surprise was a nice touch too.
Then I was disappointed that, despite the anti-ruin-porn thing, he basically focused on ruin porn. And empty places. It undermined the whole first half of the essay.