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Think of Detroit, and you likely think of a city past its prime.

But while Detroit faces an uphill climb since filing for bankruptcy in July, Heath Carr, CEO of Dallas-based Bedrock Manufacturing, has taken a decidedly bullish perspective on the city: His group is the parent company of Shinola, a company manufacturing American-made watches, bicycles, leather goods and more in the Motor City.

“If you come to Detroit, you spend time there, you get to know the people," Carr says. "The people that care about moving it forward, it's an energy you want to be part of.”

Listen to Carr speak with KUT's David Brown:

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Kwame Kilpatrick, the disgraced former Detroit mayor who moved to North Texas, has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption that turned city hall into a pay-to-play parlor.

He will likely serve his prison sentence in Texas.

Kilpatrick was convicted earlier this year of two dozen crimes, including racketeering conspiracy, bribery and extortion. There was evidence of shakedowns, kickbacks and strong-arm tactics to reap tens of thousands of dollars and other benefits from people who wanted city business, The Associated Press reported.

The sentence was a victory for prosecutors, who had recommended Kilpatrick serve at least 28 years in prison. Defense attorneys argued for no more than 15 years.