Olson pointed out all the things that are gone. It would be painful to reprise his list here, but big things like the Ford plant and the breweries and small things like Frank Murphy's and Hubert W. White. Why, if you wanted to play the game of listing gone things, Olson missed many of them.
The larger point is that nothing of substance has replaced the things lost. And yes, many things lost were fated to be lost, and their absence cannot be blamed on an inattentive government. But we are foolish to think that more of what the government builds or compels can be considered development.
There will be nobody left to pay for it. We will not be, to use the favorite buzzword, sustainable.
And, my letter to the author: