Nation: Down but Far from Out

Hurt by the recession, the G.O.P. 's host is fighting back

It's a lunch-bucket town with a world-class symphony. A heavily black city with a black-run government, but an economy dependent on white business leaders. A community that prides itself on its race relations, yet a town where the underlying tensions could still cause another riot. And it's a Democratic town holding the Republican National Convention.

With its many contradictions, Detroit defies labeling and upsets preconceptions. Self-styled sophisticates from elsewhere have long scoffed at the industrial city. Just last...

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