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May 06, 2016
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How 2 Tennis Pals Helped Save Detroit, and Other Untold Stories

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Art Chairman Gene Gargaro (left), Ford Foundation President Darren Walker (center), and Judge Gerald Rosen celebrate at an event marking Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy.

A critical part of the story of how private foundations famously came to Detroit’s rescue in 2014 is rooted not in the beleaguered city but in a friendship born on the tennis courts of Washington, D.C., some 40 years earlier.

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