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Forget the big comeback; Detroit focuses on what can be saved

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A 'Welcome to Detroit' sign is seen along 8 Mile Road in Detroit, Michigan January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A 'Welcome to Detroit' sign is seen along 8 Mile Road in Detroit, Michigan January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Vacant and blighted brick homes are seen in an eastside neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Vacant and blighted brick homes are seen in an eastside neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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A wall display about Detroit Future City, a project set in motion by Mayor Dave Bing as a blueprint to revamp the local economy and use empty space, is seen at a community outreach center near downtown Detroit, Michigan January 22, 2013.REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A wall display about Detroit Future City, a project set in motion by Mayor Dave Bing as a blueprint to revamp the local economy and use empty space, is seen at a community outreach center near downtown Detroit, Michigan January 22, 2013.REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Ted Phillips (R), executive director of United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC), a non-profit organization that helps stricken homeowners, advises two residents whose rental home went into foreclosure during a public help session at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan February 1, 2013.REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Ted Phillips (R), executive director of United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC), a non-profit organization that helps stricken homeowners, advises two residents whose rental home went into foreclosure during a public help session at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan February 1, 2013.REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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A work crew demolishes vacant and blighted homes in a once vibrant neighborhood near downtown Detroit, Michigan February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A work crew demolishes vacant and blighted homes in a once vibrant neighborhood near downtown Detroit, Michigan February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Vacant and blighted homes, designated for demolition, are seen on a street near downtown Detroit, Michigan February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Vacant and blighted homes, designated for demolition, are seen on a street near downtown Detroit, Michigan February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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A Hantz Woodlands work crew uses a Caterpillar excavator to demolish a vacant and blighted house frequented by squatters and drug users in a once thriving eastside neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A Hantz Woodlands work crew uses a Caterpillar excavator to demolish a vacant and blighted house frequented by squatters and drug users in a once thriving eastside neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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City of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing talks about the future of the city during an interview in his office in Detroit, Michigan February 5, 2013. REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook

City of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing talks about the future of the city during an interview in his office in Detroit, Michigan February 5, 2013. REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook
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Michael Score, president of Hantz Woodlands, shows young apple trees the company planted on land that recently contained blighted homes and vacant lots in an east side neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan January 25, 2013.REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Michael Score, president of Hantz Woodlands, shows young apple trees the company planted on land that recently contained blighted homes and vacant lots in an east side neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan January 25, 2013.REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Michigan Works outreach worker Karen Walker talks about Detroit Future City, a project set in motion by Mayor Dave Bing as a blueprint to revamp the local economy and use empty space, at a community outreach center near downtown Detroit, Michigan January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Michigan Works outreach worker Karen Walker talks about Detroit Future City, a project set in motion by Mayor Dave Bing as a blueprint to revamp the local economy and use empty space, at a community outreach center near downtown Detroit, Michigan January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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