New York Times, 5/5/2021
The administration’s emphasis partly reflects President Biden’s own longstanding instincts. He often invokes growing up in Scranton, Pa.— where the population was in steep decline throughout the second half of the 20th century — as formative in his economic thinking.
Original 5/9/2021 post, "Or, you could take the longer view and say 'down from 86,000 in 1920'", starts here
From the New York Times article cited above.
"If you spend hundreds of billions of dollars over the next 10 years, it sounds like an awful lot of money,” said Steve Williams, the mayor of Huntington, W.Va., a city of 45,000 people — down from 50,000 in 2010. But after what he views as decades of underinvestment, and considering the potential long-term payoff, “it’s just a pittance,” he said.