The headquarters of People's Bank dominates a city that almost went bankrupt a decade ago-and both the bank and the city have success stories to tell.

People's is no mere local savings bank. With a credit card business that ranks among the top 20 and operations as diverse as leasing, asset management, and brokerage, the thrift is a force to be reckoned with by such regional banking powerhouses as First Union Corp., Fleet Financial Group, and Chase Manhattan Corp.

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