September 20, 2014 at 12:01 am

Six decades: A Detroit News special report

How abandonment, racial tensions and financial missteps bankrupted Detroit

In six decades, Detroit lost more than 1 million residents and its total property value shrunk from $37 billion to $9.4 billion in 2012 dollars. Over that time, the city’s median wages went from among the best in the nation to among the worst. More than two-thirds of city residents now live in poverty and as many as 50 percent are unemployed.

The Detroit News is spotlighting the decade-by-decade changes through Lakewood Street. The block in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood near the border of Grosse Pointe Park was shaped by many of the issues that hit Detroit: race, job loss, crime and civic corruption.

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Detroit's Lakewood Street

Residents try to keep up appearances on a street that once was a solid neighborhood.

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Customers dwindle to a loyal few

Hygrade Deli owner talks about the slow decline of the once-vibrant Michigan Avenue neighborhood.

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