It's a city in crisis but with potential for a big comeback. Despite an ailing auto industry and the highest jobless rate in the nation, Detroiters are determined to make their hometown thrive once again. For the next year, CNNMoney will focus on that challenge.

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Let it burn
June saw two major fires at the Packard Plant. Firefighters are under standing orders not to enter the plant's buildings -- they're too structurally unsound. The first fire was left overnight to burn itself out. "We never go in at night," a local firefighter told the Detroit Free Press. "It's just not safe."

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