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Sunday 23 November 2014

Detroit: Death of an American dream

FILE - In a Dec. 12, 2008 file photo, a pedestrian walks by graffiti in downtown Detroit. On Thursday, July 18, 2013 Detroit became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy when State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge for municipal bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, FILE)
A pedestrian walks by graffiti in downtown Detroit
Visitors to the Detroit Zoo watch as Nuka, an 8-year-old polar bear snacks on a frozen treat of fish incased in ice at the zoo in Royal Oak, Mich., Tuesday, July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
The sun sets on Detroit, Thursday, July 18, 2013. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge permission to place Detroit into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection Thursday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
In this July 17, 2013, aerial photo is the city of Detroit. On Thursday, July 18, 2013, Detroit became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy when State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge for municipal bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
FILE - In this March 14, 2013 file photo Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr, left, speaks at a news conference in Detroit as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who appointed Orr, listens. On Thursday, July 18, 2013, Detroit became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy when Orr asked a federal judge for municipal bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
FILE - JULY 18: The City of Detroit has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. DETROIT - NOVEMBER 19: A old Chevrolet truck stands for sale in a lot November 19, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. An estimated one in three Detroiters lives in poverty, making the city the poorest large city in America. The Big Three U.S. automakers, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, are appearing this week in Washington to ask for federal funds to curb to decline of the American auto industry. Detroit, home to the big three, would be hardest hit if the government lets the auto makers fall into bankruptcy. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
FILE - JULY 18: The City of Detroit has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. DETROIT - NOVEMBER 19: a person walks past the remains of the Packard Motor Car Company, which ceased production in the late 1950`s, November 19, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. The Big Three U.S. automakers, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, are appearing this week in Washington to ask for federal funds to curb to decline of the American auto industry. Detroit, home to the big three, would be hardest hit if the government lets the auto makers fall into bankruptcy. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
FILE - JULY 19, 2013: The City of Detroit has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection circa 1930: Workers leaving the Ford Motor works in Detroit, USA. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
FILE - JULY 19, 2013: The City of Detroit has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection 1903: The first mass production centre of the Ford Empire, on Mack Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)
Detroit lost a quarter of a million residents between 2000 and 2010 (AP)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 18: A banner on a building in downtown Detroit is shown July 18, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit today filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, making it the largest city to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history. Between the years 2000 and 2010, Detroit's population declined by a quarter of a million people.. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 18: A For Lease sign on a building in downtown is shown Detroit July 18, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit today filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, making it the largest city to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history. Between the years 2000 and 2010, Detroit's population declined by a quarter of a million people.. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 18: Office buildings in downtown Detroit are shown July 18, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit today filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, making it the largest city to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history. Between the years 2000 and 2010, Detroit's population declined by a quarter of a million people.. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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