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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Food shortage
Food shortage
The current recession and the upheaval in the auto industry have been particularly tough. The city is facing an acute shortage of food.

Here in one of the city's more rundown sections, food deliveries are protected by guards in military style fatigues. Behind the building lies an encampment of dozens of homeless people.

But hunger is also appearing in neighborhoods that have never seen these problems before. The United Way, which helps communities in crisis, says calls to its helpline have tripled in the last year.

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Last updated October 22 2009: 8:36 AM ET
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