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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Grow your own
Grow your own
But Detroit has room to grow, literally. Urban blight over the last four decades means some 30 percent of the land in the city consists of vacant lots.

All this space, combined with the fact that there's not a single major non-discount chain supermarket in the city, has led to a surge in community gardens and urban farms.

Here, veggies are being grown on the northeast side of town.

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Last updated October 22 2009: 8:36 AM ET
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