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The national spotlight has been shining bright on Detroit lately, for the good and the bad.

The city's bankruptcy trial just wrapped up, CNN's Anthony Bourdain recently aired a feature report on the city in his show "Parts Unknown" and Fox 2's Charlie LeDuff was just announced as one of GQ's Men of the Year.

Fox 2's Jason Carr attempts to make sense of all the national attention in his latest report.

VIDEO: Watch Carr's report in the video player above or read the transcript below

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Whether it's '60 Minutes' or Anthony Bourdain, national TV seems to come to town every other week.

((FROM "PARTS UNKNOWN"))
BOURDAIN: Who will live in the Detroit of the future?

And if they don't come here they're asking Charlie LeDuff to bring Detroit to them.

On the Colbert Report ...

LEDUFF: You'd better look at Detroit because that's what happens when you run out of money, and we're all scared to death what they're doing in Washington.

On Bill Maher's show ...

LEDUFF: There ya go again ...

Now GQ has even seen fit to call LeDuff one of its Men of the Year in the December
issue, complete with a profile titled "Mad Man."

LEDUFF: Important place; important time; important country. I don't know how I ended in GQ lookin' like this, but I guess you get lucky sometimes, right?

The reason cameras come to town and shoot footage like this - the reason Detroit has all the sizzle and all the attention right now - is simple: Authenticity.

Truth is compelling; it invites attention - especially if its harsh, like a public lighting
system as old as the model T.

((FROM LIGHTING REPORT))
LEDUFF: And look! The last time the system was mapped was with this 60s pinup map!

No wonder we have slogans ...

Imported from Detroit. Detroit vs. Everybody. Made in Detroit. Detroit ...

LEDUFF: T-shirts?

((LAUGHS))

The city is bankrupt, but a billionaire is on A skyscraper buying binge

Creditors made bad bets on Detroit's debt, then they wanted to be paid by raiding the city's art collection.

Gun violence continues at a horrific pace in the neighborhoods, while downtown office spaces buzz with activity.

The Big Three are profitable, but the middle class they created is disappearing.

COLBERT: Why isn't Detroit booming if the auto industry's booming?
LEDUFF: Well, I think we all know it. The company is booming. We shaved the debt, the creditors take a bath, they now make profit. But those jobs aren't here anymore.

HULETT: It's changed dramatically since I've moved here; I've been here about 14 years.

Sarah Hulett is a reporter for Michigan Radio.

HULETT: Detroit is such a complicated story. It's not simple. People want clean story lines, and there just aren't clean story lines here in Detroit. It is messy and happy and terrible and exciting.

Hulett lives in the city, and sees the rebirth and devastation side-by-side.

CARR TO HULETT: If it can happen here it can happen anywhere, maybe that's the lesson.
HULETT: Absolutely. I think Detroit is kind of a bell-weather, and what happened here happened here first, but it could be coming to a city near you and I think that's another reason that there is so much interest in the Detroit story right now.

So bring your cameras to Detroit. The people are authentic, the stories compelling,
and the truth is - we promise you won't be bored.

LEDUFF: There's no other place like it; we are the roughest, nice people in the country.

Jason Carr, Fox 2 News.

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