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The Sunday Conversation

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.

Gabe Gloden and his wife Emily Goodson bought a table made out of the wood salvaged by Reclaim Detroit when they moved to the city a couple years ago. Marvin Shaouni for NPR hide caption

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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.

An abandoned home sits in an empty field in Brush Park, north of Detroit's downtown. The city is trying to recover from the largest municipal bankruptcy case in American history. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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Around the Nation

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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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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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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