When Judge Steven Rhodes convenes the first hearing in Detroit’s bankruptcy this week, more than a hint of irony will permeate the city’s federal courthouse.

The 64-year-old veteran bankruptcy judge will be presiding over the biggest municipal bankruptcy in US history, sifting through more than $18 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities, and taking decisions that will affect the lives of city residents, workers and retirees.

We take a look in images at the forgotten US city and daily life for its inhabitants.

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