It has been a busy week for Detroit's two famous exports - motors and music - with Berry Gordy's Motown record label turning 50, and the city's annual auto show opening against a backdrop of economic uncertainty.
Here - with a nostalgic Motown soundtrack, voices from Detroit past and present, and archive photographs - chart the growth and decline of the Motor City.
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Music: Stevie Wonder/I Was Made To Love Her; The Velvelettes/He Was Really Sayin' Something; Martha Reeves and The Vandellas/Dancing In The Street; Stevie Wonder/Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday; The Four Tops/Reach Out I'll Be There; Diana Ross and The Supremes/Where Did Our Love Go; Stevie Wonder/A Place In The Sun
Slideshow by Paul Kerley Publication date 16 January 2009