A Guardian article last month provoked widespread anger and derision in the North East for likening the region to Detroit.
The American city famed for its car making was famously declared bankrupt in 2013 and was abandoned by large parts of its population.
Despite the North East being home to the most productive car plant in Europe and the only region in the country to have a positive balance of trade, the article said we were "teetering on the brink" with the UK’s fastest rising jobless rates and a rapidly diminishing contribution to economic growth.
In a special edition of The Journal's quarterly supplement 2020 Vision, regional affairs correspondent Adrian Pearson looks at the story they missed .
Chief business writer Coreena Ford maps the impressive supply chain for Nissan’s Sunderland plant, a key driver behind tens of thousands of engineering and manufacturing jobs.
In another feature, she looks at the glowing success of Digital City, just around the corner from Middlesbrough’s Middlehaven development which also came in for criticism in the Guardian article.
And business writer Robert Gibson examines how the region remains a leader in electric vehicle technology, adding to the region's job creation.
Don't miss your copy of 2020 Vision, free in The Journal on Wednesday.