The Fading City
Rural areas throughout America are facing a population crisis and nowhere is it more apparent, and acute, than in Cairo, Illinois. Situated at the southern tip of Illinois, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, Cairo, once an economic powerhouse, is now a city overrun by kudzu and depleted by population flight. Two housing complexes are being shut down resulting in a large portion of the population moving to neighboring towns. Schools, with diminishing student bodies, are hanging on by their fingernails. The city and its remaining residents cling to a strong legacy of basketball as their saving grace, their identity. The local high school team, a high school with less than 100 students, provides the life blood that keeps the city breathing. Cairo, however, a city steeped in history is slowly finding itself becoming just that: history.