To say the Motor City had a steep climb back to normalcy would be an understatement.
As one of America's hardest-hit areas by the Great Recession, Detroit unemployment was running nearly three times as high as the national average in 2009 at a staggering 28 percent — and the city was bleeding population, losing inhabitants every year for the last six years.
Succumbing to the reality of how far it had fallen, Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for chapter 9 bankruptcy in 2013.
But thanks to the efforts of several leaders, Detroit has risen from the ashes. And the new Detroit is here to stay, according to Quicken Loans founder and Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert, who has poured nearly $2 billion of his own money into revitalization efforts.