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How Motown Got Its Groove Back

Rivard Plaza, along a stretch of Detroit's revitalized riverfront.(PHOTO CREDIT: JJR.) Detroit may very well be the true Rocky Balboa of American cities. Just when you think it’s down for the count, the battered metropolis stumbles to its feet from the blood-stained canvas, fearless and focused and ready for another round. Drive through certain parts of town and you’ll see it fully engaged in battle: vacant lots and buildings spar with pricey new developments; abandoned industrial sites shadowbox with memories of glories past. On average, the Motor City loses nearly 12,000 residents a year to urban flight. Ask a native why, and he’ll point to high crime statistics, mismanaged city government and an economy not quite ready for prime time. Sure, the city has heart. But nobody, not even those who reside within its limits, believes it can be a real contender. WALTER P. REUTHER LIBRARY, WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY. Aftermath…Log In to Read Full Article

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