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07/09/2013 10:09 am ET Updated Sep 08, 2013

Financial Crisis Just A Symptom Of Detroit's Woes - NYTimes.com

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DETROIT -- A question unimaginable in most major American cities is utterly commonplace in this one: If you suddenly found yourself gravely ill, injured or even shot, would you call 911?

Many people here say the answer is no. Some laugh at the odds of an ambulance appearing promptly, if ever. In Detroit, people map out alternative plans instead, enlisting a relative or a friend.

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