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  • Can the Motor City rise from its ashes?

    Can the Motor City rise from its ashes?

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  • Welcome to America's fastest shrinking city.

    Welcome to America's fastest shrinking city.

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  • Detroit area scavengers find their fortunes in city's decay.

    Detroit area scavengers find their fortunes in city's decay.

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  • The Artists

    The Artists

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  • The Scrappers

    The Scrappers

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  • American Coney Island

    American Coney Island

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  • The Train Station

    The Train Station

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  • The Crew Detroit

    The Crew Detroit

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The Film

Detroit was the birthplace of the middle-class; a great city that came with the guarantee of the American dream. Today, the Motor City is suffering from a bad case of post-industrialism. Hit with the deadly combination of myopic executives, corrupt politicians, severe racial tensions, and a lack of innovation, Detroit now stands as a shell of its former self. And according to an increasingly loud chorus in the media, Detroit is "dead."

But look a little closer and find that Detroit just may be the ultimate incubator for fresh ideas — a Petri dish of creativity borne out of frustration and unwillingness to give up. With quintessential American pluck and grit, this city just may rise from the ashes thanks to a dynamic cluster of innovators, entrepreneurs and proud, self-proclaimed "hustlers."

The Filmmakers

  1. Heidi EwingProducer/Director
  2. B GradyProducer/Director