Rich Harlan prepares Coney hot dogs at his restaurant, Red Hots Coney Island, in Detroit. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Coney: The Hot Dog That Fueled Detroit's Middle-Class Dreams

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Big Muddy Farms, an urban farm in northern Omaha, Neb., is seen among residential homes last October. Urban farms have become a celebrated trend, yet earning a living at it is tough, a new survey finds. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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In this Sept. 11, 2013 photo, Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley appears at a news conference in Flint, Mich. Earley was in charge of both the city of Flint and the schools at key points in their recent turmoil. Zack Wittman/The Flint Journal/MLive.com via AP hide caption

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Disrepair — such as this floor in the gym of Noble Elementary-Middle School in Detroit — and other problems have prompted the teachers' "sickout" protests. Courtesy of Detroit Federation of Teachers hide caption

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Detroit Public School Teachers Turn To 'Sickouts' In Protest

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Detroit, after having billions of dollars of debt erased through bankruptcy, has emerged with a razor-thin financial cushion. Laura McDermott/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Post-Bankruptcy, A Booming Detroit Is Still Fragile

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As U.S. Announces Plan To Accept More Refugees, Michigan Gets Ready

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Professor Delivers A Crash Course In Real Estate Investing To Detroiters

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A Philadelphia mural entitled You Go Girl by Jetsonorama and Ursula Rucker. This is just one of many murals that the city's Mural Arts Program helped to create. Steve Weinik/Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program hide caption

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Detroit's iconic Fisher building has an ornate interior full of marble, bronze and art deco design. Paige Pfleger/NPR hide caption

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Detroit's Iconic Fisher Building Up For Auction

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The Detroit Land Bank is hoping to get $25,000 for this Tudor-style house in Detroit's East English Village. Jason Margolis/NPR hide caption

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For Sale: Detroit Land Bank Seeks Buyers For Vacant Houses

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Adam Leeb (left), co-founder of Hemingwrite, and contractor Andrew Ku work in the common space area in TechTown Detroit, a nonprofit business incubator. Jason Margolis/NPR hide caption

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Detroit Hopes To Drive Tech Startups Away From Silicon Valley

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Detroit is attracting entrepreneurs who like the relatively cheap workspaces. But real estate developers and business owners like Sean Harrington, who turned the Iodent Building into an apartment complex, are paying the price in property taxes. Jason Margolis/NPR hide caption

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On The Road To Recovery, Detroit's Property Taxes Aren't Helping

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