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Rebuilding A Life And A City After Years On Detroit's Streets

After years of selling drugs and serving prison time in Detroit, Isaac Lott now works to help reclaim abandoned homes. He says he is hopeful about his own future, as well as the future of the city.

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Picking Apart Detroit To Make It Whole Again

There are an estimated 80,000 abandoned buildings scattered throughout Detroit. As the city tries to navigate its bankruptcy, part of Detroit's recovery plan involves deconstruction and demolition.

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City Versus Suburb A Longstanding Divide In Detroit

Detroit has long been a city divided among racial and economic lines. As the city attempts to recover, some see the change as an opportunity to heal those old wounds.

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Picking Apart Detroit To Make It Whole Again
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Rebuilding A Life And A City After Years On Detroit's Streets
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About 50 members of the Free State Project have moved to tiny Grafton, N.H. in recent years, shaking up local politics. Jack Rodolico/NPR hide caption

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Libertarians Move In To Make A Small N.H. Town Even Smaller
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Hi Ho Spaniard! An Iberian Desert With Spaghetti Western Roots
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Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint Steve Reich

After the Rockefeller Center mural was destroyed in 1934, Diego Rivera recreated this version, named Man, Controller of the Universe, which is on display at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. The story of the original mural's creation and destruction is the focus of a Mexican Cultural Institute exhibition in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of Museo Frida Kahlo hide caption

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Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision
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City Versus Suburb A Longstanding Divide In Detroit
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With his outspoken conservative views, Dr. Ben Carson is a hit among Republicans. He spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Black GOP Stars Rise In A Party That's Still Awkwardly White
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15 Seconds To Nowhere: Goldsprints Bring Bikes To The Bar
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What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7
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Like many regional orchestras, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has struggled financially. But after a lot of work, it's set itself on solid footing and become a bright spot in a struggling city. Courtesy DSO hide caption

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After A Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' To The People Again
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