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Hard times in Detroit

<p>A message is displayed on a fence in Detroit, October 25, 2013.    REUTERS/Joshua Lott</p>

A message is displayed on a fence in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

A message is displayed on a fence in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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<p>Smoke and flames rise from a deteriorating building at a former Packard plant in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott</p>

Smoke and flames rise from a deteriorating building at a former Packard plant in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Smoke and flames rise from a deteriorating building at a former Packard plant in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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<p>Detroit city worker Geraldine Gilmore rallies against cuts in their city pensions and health care benefits during a protest against the city's municipal bankruptcy filing, outside the Federal courthouse in Detroit, October 23, 2013.    REUTERS/Rebecca Cook</p>

Detroit city worker Geraldine Gilmore rallies against cuts in their city pensions and health care benefits during a protest against the city's municipal bankruptcy filing, outside the Federal courthouse in Detroit, October 23, 2013. ...more

Detroit city worker Geraldine Gilmore rallies against cuts in their city pensions and health care benefits during a protest against the city's municipal bankruptcy filing, outside the Federal courthouse in Detroit, October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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<p>Chunks of concrete rest on the floor of the deteriorating Abundant Life Christian Center in Detroit, October 25, 2013.    REUTERS/Joshua Lott</p>

Chunks of concrete rest on the floor of the deteriorating Abundant Life Christian Center in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Chunks of concrete rest on the floor of the deteriorating Abundant Life Christian Center in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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<p>The word "Bankruptcy" is painted on the side of a building in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott</p>

The word "Bankruptcy" is painted on the side of a building in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

The word "Bankruptcy" is painted on the side of a building in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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<p>Abandoned furniture rest on the front porch of a blighted home in Detroit, October 25, 2013.    REUTERS/Joshua Lott</p>

Abandoned furniture rest on the front porch of a blighted home in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Abandoned furniture rest on the front porch of a blighted home in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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<p>A man walks past two abandoned buildings in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott</p>

A man walks past two abandoned buildings in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

A man walks past two abandoned buildings in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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<p>The inside of the abandoned "Martyrs of Uganda Catholic Church in Detroit, December 18, 2011.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>

The inside of the abandoned "Martyrs of Uganda Catholic Church in Detroit, December 18, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

The inside of the abandoned "Martyrs of Uganda Catholic Church in Detroit, December 18, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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<p>Shoes at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen service center, where hundreds receive food and supplies everyday, in Detroit, December 9, 2008.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

Shoes at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen service center, where hundreds receive food and supplies everyday, in Detroit, December 9, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Shoes at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen service center, where hundreds receive food and supplies everyday, in Detroit, December 9, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Ilegally dumped tires sit in front of a vacant home in a once thriving neighborhood on the east side of Detroit, March 20, 2013.  REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook</p>

Ilegally dumped tires sit in front of a vacant home in a once thriving neighborhood on the east side of Detroit, March 20, 2013. REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook

Ilegally dumped tires sit in front of a vacant home in a once thriving neighborhood on the east side of Detroit, March 20, 2013. REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook

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<p>A car is seen next a memorial in Detroit, April 5, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>

A car is seen next a memorial in Detroit, April 5, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

A car is seen next a memorial in Detroit, April 5, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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<p>A Detroit fire fighter looks through the smoldering back yards of burned homes and garages on East Robinwood in Detroit, September 8, 2010.    REUTERS/Rebecca Cook</p>

A Detroit fire fighter looks through the smoldering back yards of burned homes and garages on East Robinwood in Detroit, September 8, 2010. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A Detroit fire fighter looks through the smoldering back yards of burned homes and garages on East Robinwood in Detroit, September 8, 2010. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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<p>A woman prays for the future of the American auto industry during a special service at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, December 7, 2008.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

A woman prays for the future of the American auto industry during a special service at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, December 7, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A woman prays for the future of the American auto industry during a special service at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, December 7, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A chair is seen inside the abandoned and decaying manufacturing plant of Packard Motor Car in Detroit, April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>

A chair is seen inside the abandoned and decaying manufacturing plant of Packard Motor Car in Detroit, April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

A chair is seen inside the abandoned and decaying manufacturing plant of Packard Motor Car in Detroit, April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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<p>Larry Finklea eats his lunch at the soup kitchen in the basement of the St. Leo Catholic Church in Detroit, December 17, 2011.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>

Larry Finklea eats his lunch at the soup kitchen in the basement of the St. Leo Catholic Church in Detroit, December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Larry Finklea eats his lunch at the soup kitchen in the basement of the St. Leo Catholic Church in Detroit, December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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<p>The skyline of downtown Detroit, November 11, 2009.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook</p>

The skyline of downtown Detroit, November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

The skyline of downtown Detroit, November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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<p>Timothy Ward kisses his sister Arym at the St. Leo Catholic Church in Detroit, December 17, 2011.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>

Timothy Ward kisses his sister Arym at the St. Leo Catholic Church in Detroit, December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Timothy Ward kisses his sister Arym at the St. Leo Catholic Church in Detroit, December 17, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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<p>A child's toy is seen in a pile of concrete blocks inside the abandoned and decaying Packard Motor Car Manufacturing Plant in Detroit, April 2, 2011.  REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>

A child's toy is seen in a pile of concrete blocks inside the abandoned and decaying Packard Motor Car Manufacturing Plant in Detroit, April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

A child's toy is seen in a pile of concrete blocks inside the abandoned and decaying Packard Motor Car Manufacturing Plant in Detroit, April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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<p>A man walks along an empty street west of Detroit, December 10, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

A man walks along an empty street west of Detroit, December 10, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A man walks along an empty street west of Detroit, December 10, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>An aerial view of Detroit seen from Air Force One, April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed</p>

An aerial view of Detroit seen from Air Force One, April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

An aerial view of Detroit seen from Air Force One, April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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<p>Lorene Parker waits at a hall of the court for her appointment on her foreclosure house case in Detroit, December 11, 2008.   REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

Lorene Parker waits at a hall of the court for her appointment on her foreclosure house case in Detroit, December 11, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Lorene Parker waits at a hall of the court for her appointment on her foreclosure house case in Detroit, December 11, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Newly crushed vehicles sit in stacks before being shipped to the shredder at U.S. Auto Supply in Detroit, August 3, 2009.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook</p>

Newly crushed vehicles sit in stacks before being shipped to the shredder at U.S. Auto Supply in Detroit, August 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Newly crushed vehicles sit in stacks before being shipped to the shredder at U.S. Auto Supply in Detroit, August 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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<p>Scott Marion completes forms for a job at the Michigan Employment center in Highland Park, Michigan December 8, 2008.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

Scott Marion completes forms for a job at the Michigan Employment center in Highland Park, Michigan December 8, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Scott Marion completes forms for a job at the Michigan Employment center in Highland Park, Michigan December 8, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>An occupied home and an abandoned apartment building sit on either side of a vacant lot in Detroit, October 22, 2009.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook</p>

An occupied home and an abandoned apartment building sit on either side of a vacant lot in Detroit, October 22, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

An occupied home and an abandoned apartment building sit on either side of a vacant lot in Detroit, October 22, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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<p>A woman walks next to the abandoned Packard Motor Car Company building, that ceased production in the 1950's, in Detroit, December 18, 2008. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook</p>

A woman walks next to the abandoned Packard Motor Car Company building, that ceased production in the 1950's, in Detroit, December 18, 2008. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A woman walks next to the abandoned Packard Motor Car Company building, that ceased production in the 1950's, in Detroit, December 18, 2008. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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<p>A woman attends a special service with her child to pray for the future of the American auto industry at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, December 7, 2008.   REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

A woman attends a special service with her child to pray for the future of the American auto industry at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, December 7, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A woman attends a special service with her child to pray for the future of the American auto industry at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, December 7, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Broken windows are seen inside the abandoned and decaying manufacturing plant of Packard Motor Car in Detroit, April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>

Broken windows are seen inside the abandoned and decaying manufacturing plant of Packard Motor Car in Detroit, April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Broken windows are seen inside the abandoned and decaying manufacturing plant of Packard Motor Car in Detroit, April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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<p>A vacant and blighted home, covered with red spray paint, sits alone in an east side neighborhood once full of homes in Detroit, January 27, 2013.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook</p>

A vacant and blighted home, covered with red spray paint, sits alone in an east side neighborhood once full of homes in Detroit, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A vacant and blighted home, covered with red spray paint, sits alone in an east side neighborhood once full of homes in Detroit, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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<p>William Ford, auto worker of Chrysler, waits for a bus outside the plant in Detroit,  December 11, 2008.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

William Ford, auto worker of Chrysler, waits for a bus outside the plant in Detroit, December 11, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

William Ford, auto worker of Chrysler, waits for a bus outside the plant in Detroit, December 11, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A list of rules rests on the floor at the closed Colin Powell Academy in Detroit, October 25, 2013.    REUTERS/Joshua Lott</p>

A list of rules rests on the floor at the closed Colin Powell Academy in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

A list of rules rests on the floor at the closed Colin Powell Academy in Detroit, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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<p>The Michigan Central Train depot sits vacant just west of downtown Detroit, November 1, 2011.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook</p>

The Michigan Central Train depot sits vacant just west of downtown Detroit, November 1, 2011. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

The Michigan Central Train depot sits vacant just west of downtown Detroit, November 1, 2011. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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<p>A woman stands outside the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, where hundreds of people receive food and supplies everyday, in Detroit, December 9, 2008.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

A woman stands outside the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, where hundreds of people receive food and supplies everyday, in Detroit, December 9, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A woman stands outside the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, where hundreds of people receive food and supplies everyday, in Detroit, December 9, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A makeshift homeless persons structure is seen with the General Motors world headquarters in the background in Detroit, March 31, 2009.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook</p>

A makeshift homeless persons structure is seen with the General Motors world headquarters in the background in Detroit, March 31, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A makeshift homeless persons structure is seen with the General Motors world headquarters in the background in Detroit, March 31, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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