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At Detroit's border, a barrier separates the haves from have-nots
At Detroit's border, a barrier separates the haves from have-nots

The border between Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit represents a huge dividing line separating the haves and have-nots: Detroit's median household income is $26,955. Grosse Pointe Park's is $101,094. The average response time for Grosse Pointe Park police was 3.4 minutes in 2012. In Detroit's Precinct 4, which borders Grosse Pointe Park, the average response time that year was 30 minutes. A drive down Alter Road sums up the challenges facing the well-to-do suburb and the former industrial powerhouse. On one side of the road — the Detroit side — there's block after block of dilapidated houses and vacant lots overflowing with weeds. On the Grosse Pointe...

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