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The Back Porch: Detroit Rises from the Ashes

July/August 2014
A version of this article appears in the July/August 2014 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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July 02, 2014
On the flight home from ACI’s 2014 National Home Performance Conference, I read Charlie LeDuff’s Detroit: An American Autopsy. It’s a gritty, sad story about the decline of one the greatest U.S. industrial cities. It was fitting that ACI’s conference was held in Detroit–thanks to the growth of the auto and wartime industries in the early 20th century, Detroit was the birthplace of the U.S. middle class. But according to LeDuff, Detroit, which “once led the nation in homeownership, is now a foreclosure capital.”

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