Detroit's decline shown in new documentary
13 September 2012 Last updated at 00:17 BST
In the 1930s, Detroit was America's fastest-growing city - but in recent times it has become one of the country's fastest-shrinking.
Now Detropia - a new documentary - surveys Detroit's declined state. It paints a painful picture of a city that, despite some limited economic recovery, remains a shadow of its former self.
Talking Movies' Tom Brook reports.
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