How the American dream went wrong in Detroit

Published on Dec  4, 2013

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Detroit – Ain’t too proud to beg: What happened to the previously booming industrial city of Detroit, and can it be saved?

The city of Motown and big cars is turning into an industrial wasteland. As General Motors sinks to its knees, this story asks can the fortunes of the US car industry still be turned around?
Motown legend Martha Reeves believes there’s hope for Detroit. ‘The Motown mood is a good time and a party. There’s sunshine in the music’ she says. Yet driving through the city a different story is told – derelict buildings, deserted streets and abandoned factories. ‘That’s something you feel in your stomach every day’. At the centre of it all is the iconic General Motors empire. ‘There were 17000 people when it started’ says a former employee ‘it’s gone down to 16000.’ Thousands like him…

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