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Antonio | Southfield, Mich.

Southfield is a business corridor, North of Detroit, Mich. Southfield has a wide income gap and is mostly middle and lower income. Many were affected by the recession and are still trying to pick up the pieces. Southfield hosts a lot of businesses and is the center of the greater Detroit area. Southfield - "The center of it all."

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Catherine | Boulder, Colo.

This is our neighborhood school which was closed by the school district in 2003. Now our children are driven by parents to other schools (which are beyond capacity). The school will re-open in 2013 as an early childhood center. Just recently, the district concluded that some of this building needed to be used for "overflow" kindergarten so at least some of our elementary age children will once again be in a neighborhood school.

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Marlee Gallagher | Pittsburgh, Pa.

This photo was taken from my front window. It depicts the wall that separates my community: Edgewood from Wilkinsburg, affluent from poor, white from black. This wall and associated train tracks have become a social determinant for the people of Pittsburgh. Being from one or the other side of the tracks is a defining characteristic. My house is the only house that sits directly on the border, and while I enjoy the sound of trains and prefer public transportation to individual automobiles, one day, this wall has got to go.

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Austin Doyle | Forth Worth, Texas

There are three houses for sale on my street. My neighbors keep to themselves here in this lower middle class neighborhood, hardly anyone speaks to each other. I suppose they're more suspicious because they're not the types to have fancy alarm systems. There are many dogs kept in backyards and they bark at each other day and night. I have three cats, one with only three legs, and I feel surrounded. We're technically in the suburbs, right inside the loop around town. There's a swale that runs behind my backyard and sometimes dogs get loose in there and I have to chase them. I'm scared they'll jump the fence and attack the cats, which has happened. This is my cat Uzi in my front yard.

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John Taylor | Panama City, Fla.

My neighborhood consists of 13 moderately high-end houses (in Panama City that means tile roofs, HOA controlled, nice lawns, gated community, on a golf course or water front, and over 2000 sq feet) that were mostly completed in 2008. Problem is that there are over 60 lots in the neighborhood and none of the lots are selling. While not loving the rattlesnakes that come with it, we love the trees, the open spaces, and the deer we see every morning in our mostly empty neighborhood. We are here for the long haul (10+ years), so breaking even on the investment would mean that a) we enjoyed raising a family here and b) we might get back what we invested in it. Me being Mr. Optimism would call that a win.

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About this collection

The Great Recession changed the way a lot of us thought about our jobs. But the job market in the United States was changing long before that. In this series, Marketplace explores disappearing jobs and the people who do them.