It is by any measure an extraordinary demonstration of the democratizing power of Internet video and of the American spirit.

A few weeks after being named in Newsweek's list of the top ten dying American city's, Grand Rapids, Michigan came back from the edge of death and made a stunning statement to the world, via a YouTube video.

Nonetheless, methinks CBSNews is stretching it a bit when it notes the video's "scenic shots of the beautiful city itself". Like most downtown cores in North America, beauty seems to be what city planners, architects, developers, and city hall seek to destroy.

In spite of the dreary urban landscape of downtown Grand Rapids, the spirit of the people comes through and one is left with a tingling spine and a soaring heart after watching this massive group effort.