Only blocks from city hall, a Friday afternoon picket line at the Crowne Plaza Hotel symbolizes the fight taking place in this city.
Blame for Detroit's decline, and solutions Governor Rick Snyder and his appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr proposed in today's bankruptcy press conference, left key players in that decline blameless.
Detroit is far from the only community feeling the shock of the economic crisis.
David Whitaker, Detroit City Council's research and analysis director, said an Emergency Manager is "beyond anti-democratic."
Racism and far-right politics go hand-in-hand. With Michigan Senate hopeful Pete Hoekstra's Super Bowl ad, the whole nation got to see it for themselves.
What is now sending shockwaves through the state is that the governor is the review of Detroit's finances.
People want to move from welfare to work, but the requirements to make that transition are missing.
A few hours after Wednesday's press conference to protest the Friday deportation of Florencio Avila Cachu, word was received the case will be reviewed.
The only reminder that manufacturing once took place here is a historic marker in front of the shuttered building.
Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine, known for his detailed and personal verse about the working class, has been appointed the country's new poet laureate.