In January 2012 I visited Detroit to report on the US Presidential election. We met people who had seen their city taken to the brink of oblivion; struggling with a dwindling population, the slow death of manufacturing and a work force struggling to find work.

There are few cities that tell the story of 20th century economic boom and bust better than Detroit. But, despite the hardships and set-backs, after 30 years there's still optimism that this once beacon of industry and metropolitan success can rise to greatness again, and perhaps pave the way for economic recovery across the US.

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