Las Vegas or Detroit? America's emptiest city

It was brought to my attention by a business associate, Howard Brown, CEO of CircleBuilder Software, that there is one city that rivals Detroit in resembling a ghost town as of late and that is Las Vegas. Howard's home base is in Michigan (I'm in California) and we converse frequently about the economy and our business dealings several times a week.

It is hard not to despair at least a little about the demise of the US auto industry, and the sad fact that Michigan has the highest level of unemployment in the nation of any state. California ranks third, with budget deficits as far as the eye can see topping $40 billion at last estimate.