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Ko Melina gardens for pure enjoyment, but that's not the only reason she was attracted to Detroit.

Melina grew up in Ann Arbor where her dad worked as an engineer for Ford. Now she, like a small but growing number of young people from the suburbs or other areas of Michigan, has moved to the city.

Melina, a bassist in the rock band the Dirtbombs, likes it for its strong sense of community. "You get a real connection to people," she said, "it's not just: What can this person do for me?"

Like many young artists she wants the city to succeed but appreciates its unpretentious air and working class feel.

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Last updated October 22 2009: 8:36 AM ET
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