No top 10 pick, much less top 5, much less #1 goes into a good situation. It sounds like at least the Pistons have been rebuilding with other young talent so they may not be absolute rock bottom for the future.
There's some historically bad franchises going deep in this year's playoffs, so there is hope.
Three times. Spent the night once when I was a kid on our way to Toronto. Much more prosperous times. Went to a Tigers game. I spent a week in the downtown area for a conference several years ago. Those are my most vivid memories. Hotel encouraged us not to go out on foot after about 6:00 pm. It was a ghost town at night, much like the aforementioned movie. Had a connecting flight through there about 10 years ago.
My dad was on a business trip to Detroit in 1967 during the riots. Not surprising, most of the root causes of those riots are the same things supposedly happening today.