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What a difference a couple years can make.

When Detroit filed for bankruptcy in 2013, it was widely thought the process could only do harm — stripping the Detroit Institute of Arts of its treasures, impoverishing city retirees, and further soiling the Motor City’s shaky reputation nationwide.

Instead, the bankruptcy was brought to a clean, quick end, with none of the worst-case scenarios ever materializing.

And while much yet needs to be done, Detroit today is awash in investment, downtown is crowded with young workers, and there are so many new restaurants it’s getting hard to keep track.

With the 2015 Michiganians of the Year, The Detroit News salutes the individuals who finessed the bankruptcy, as well as those who’ve been patiently building the new Detroit, brick by brick, for years.

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