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Detroit showing signs of recovery ahead of bankruptcy trial
The Guardian ^ | 07/21/2014

Posted on 07/21/2014 9:48:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Detroit neighbourhoods are being relit, its vacant homes are being sold off or torn down, its public transportation is cleaner and more often on schedule and the city has renegotiated some burdensome union contracts.

In the little more than a year since the state-appointed emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, made Detroit the largest US city to seek bankruptcy protection, it has experienced a wide range of improvements that will factor into Judge Steven Rhodes's decisions during next month's bankruptcy trial. A major piece of the bankruptcy puzzle could fall into place on Monday, with the expected release of the results of a vote by creditors, including more than 30,000 retired and current city workers, on whether to accept millions of dollars in cuts.

When Orr filed for bankruptcy, Detroit's debt then was estimated at $18bn, and its revenue streams were too small to keep up with basic city services.

Since then, the city has installed at least 10,000 new streetlights. It's also going after absentee landlords — threatening to take and sell or demolish vacant houses that violate city codes. Eight houses awarded to the city's Land Bank are being put up for auction. Belle Isle, the city's most popular public park has been put under state control and received a much-needed cleaning.

"Things are being done now that weren't being done," said Detroit barber DeAngelo Smith. "I wouldn't say it would have been as fast if the bankruptcy hadn't been filed."

Some of the most dramatic changes were designed to save the city money and didn't need to wait for the August bankruptcy confirmation trial.

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: bankruptcy; detroit; recovery
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1 posted on 07/21/2014 9:48:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

And the Chinese and Muzzies are by buying them up. Michigan makes a great vpcenter for terrorists because of easy access / escape to Canada


2 posted on 07/21/2014 9:51:01 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: SeekAndFind

Urban liberal hipsters will move back in, fix up the city, raise the property values, then start voting for the same liberal power structures that destroyed the city. The cycle will continue.


3 posted on 07/21/2014 9:51:37 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: SeekAndFind

signs of recovery?

The windows have all been broken already, so no more will break.... the roads are 100% pothole now, so it’s almost evened out....


4 posted on 07/21/2014 9:51:43 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SeekAndFind

“In the little more than a year since the state-appointed emergency manager, Kevyn Orr”

The key to the whole thing. It is obvious the citizens of Detroit would keep on voting the place into oblivion.


5 posted on 07/21/2014 9:52:26 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, the Tigers are recovering quite well.


6 posted on 07/21/2014 9:52:39 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: GeronL

When’s the last time you visited Detroit?


7 posted on 07/21/2014 9:52:50 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: jsanders2001

Actually the Muslim population is shrinking in comparison to middle eastern Christians in the Detroit are.

Muslims these days are largely settling in the south.


8 posted on 07/21/2014 9:56:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Take some money away from funding overly-bloated union pension funds, and you can actually afford to provide some public services. Whoda thunkit?


9 posted on 07/21/2014 9:56:17 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

How is Dearbornistan doing?

5.56mm


10 posted on 07/21/2014 9:56:25 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: 1rudeboy

Is that required?

Do I need to visit Russia, Ukraine and the UK to comment on those threads too?

And leftists say we need a vagina to have an opinion on abortion, should we take those things seriously?


11 posted on 07/21/2014 9:58:03 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SeekAndFind

Right. I guess the protest in Detroit last weekend to demand that water be provided to residents for FREE is a sign that things are getting better.


12 posted on 07/21/2014 9:58:15 AM PDT by MNGal
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To: jsanders2001
I've often said that we should negotiate with the Chi-Coms to write off debt in return for leasing Detroit as a special administrative region like Hong Kong. It will be unable to vote in either Michigan or U.S. elections for the duration of the lease.

If every other municipality in America faced a similar fate, they might be more careful about repeatedly electing crooks and grifters to public office.

13 posted on 07/21/2014 9:58:27 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Detroit news that's not bad.

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Michigan legislative action thread
14 posted on 07/21/2014 9:59:40 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: GeronL

You from Texas? Only steers and queers come from Texas. Saw it in the movies. In any case, I simply was wondering whether I could count on you for Detroit traffic reports.


15 posted on 07/21/2014 10:00:22 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: MNGal

I guess the turning off of the delinquent water accounts was the sign of things getting better.


16 posted on 07/21/2014 10:00:25 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Parley Baer

definitely


17 posted on 07/21/2014 10:00:53 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: MNGal

Most of those morons weren’t even from Detroit and don’t have a clue as to what is going on there.


18 posted on 07/21/2014 10:01:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If I’m not mistaken, the state of Michigan took control of the city... would these “signs of recovery” be anything more than just the results of state dollars being poured in for those new streetlights?


19 posted on 07/21/2014 10:01:52 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: 1rudeboy
You from Texas? Only steers and queers come from Texas. Saw it in the movies.

Depends on which movie.

Full Metal Jacket - Texas

An Officer and a Gentleman - Oklahoma

20 posted on 07/21/2014 10:02:29 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GeronL

“I guess the turning off of the delinquent water accounts was the sign of things getting better.”

Apparently the city has suspended the water turn-offs for at least the next 15 days. Looks like Detroit is once again headed back in the wrong direction, then.


21 posted on 07/21/2014 10:02:59 AM PDT by MNGal
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To: 1rudeboy

See some green shoots of recovery there?

22 posted on 07/21/2014 10:03:09 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 1rudeboy

Sadly there seems to be a running competition at FR to see who can say the dumbest most ill informed thing possible.

At least Michigan is dealing with Detroit while nearly every other state in the country is just kicking the can down the road.


23 posted on 07/21/2014 10:03:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Traffic looks light

24 posted on 07/21/2014 10:03:50 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SeekAndFind

Now we know the only way to stop the Democrats — bankruptcy.


25 posted on 07/21/2014 10:06:33 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: cripplecreek

When every other City is going through what Detroit did, Detroit will be on the way to recovery, so they’ll be ahead of the pack eventually.


26 posted on 07/21/2014 10:06:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GeronL

No, I just got back from the grocery store, it’s pretty heavy for a Monday afternoon. No potholes, either.


27 posted on 07/21/2014 10:07:27 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
http://www.themotorlesscity.com/

interesting blog posts sometimes, the person is a liberal too,

"That’s when she asked, “Do you photograph the good parts too, or just the bad parts?”

I really wanted to be able to say I photograph both. Over the years, I have photographed both the good and the bad, but the truth is, lately I primarily photograph the bad parts. Rarely do I focus on the good anymore. I know there are good things happening in the city, but I don’t show them. I suppose it’s easier to just drive downtown with my limited time, and photograph the things that I see along the way. Which is pretty much what I do. It’s partly convenience, but it’s also the reality of many people’s experiences with the city. It’s hard to enter the city from any direction, on any road or freeway, and not be blown away by the amount of abandonment and decay. After more than thirty years of living in the area, I know I am still shocked by what I see in the city.

I don’t live in the area anymore, and I find the same uniqueness, and grittiness that supposedly makes Detroit so great is everywhere. Grittiness isn’t Detroit’s secret ingredient, it’s simply a nice way of saying it’s a hard place to live. Who needs that? I’m happy for those who love the area, and truly feel they belong here, but life can be a challenge without having to fight dysfunction every step of the way."

28 posted on 07/21/2014 10:12:17 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: dfwgator

While I’d like to kick Snyder in the nuts about half the time, I am glad that he ripped the cover off the mess so it had to be dealt with.

At the same time they got police Chief Craig in there and ever freer gun laws which are driving the crime rate down in a hurry.


29 posted on 07/21/2014 10:14:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

> Actually the Muslim population is shrinking in comparison to middle eastern Christians in the Detroit are.

Muslims these days are largely settling in the south.

I guess the Muzzies leave an area once they conquer it, eh?...: )


30 posted on 07/21/2014 10:17:45 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: 1rudeboy
When’s the last time you visited Detroit?

The last time I visited Detroit was last summer. We drove through some blighted areas, but then there are areas which seem to be untouched by any sort of problem.

Detroit is not one vast war zone. The downtown area is rather nice and safe enough to walk around. The area surrounding Hitsville seems vibrant.

The problem is that mayor Coleman Young for 20 years set the stage for a funkified infrastructure where whites were unable to open businesses within the Detroit city limits. So, when they left they took their businesses to the burbs where their businesses are thriving.

What Detroit needs is a Jack Kemp-styled Republican mayor and posse for 20 years. Then, Detroit will have a chance to resemble Grand Rapids.

31 posted on 07/21/2014 10:24:58 AM PDT by Slyfox (When progressives ignore moral parameters, they also lose the natural gift of common sense.)
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To: 1rudeboy
I was there in July 2011... has it changed much since then?

My photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/23441454@N03/sets/72157627278854858/

32 posted on 07/21/2014 10:26:50 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Slyfox

A lot of the rebuilding is being done by private money and the nutroots were down there screaming eat the rich in places that wouldn’t exist today without the rich.

I had a good weekend trashing their fantasies.

Some idiot was bragging about the “free” bus service and how cool it was to ride old school buses with cool paint jobs. I took great joy in explaining that he was riding private Detroit bus company buses and they weren’t free, they were chartered.


33 posted on 07/21/2014 10:34:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek
Yeah, we get the media blurbs that somehow Detroit will be saved by the guys who grow plants in the empty fields surrounding their houses they have refurbed from scrap lumber.

People need reasons to move back which include a worthwhile infrastructure and jobs, not a brightly-colored buses and vegetable gardens.

34 posted on 07/21/2014 10:46:02 AM PDT by Slyfox (When progressives ignore moral parameters, they also lose the natural gift of common sense.)
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To: 1rudeboy

July 10 and he’s right. Unless you’re talking about Gilbertville.


35 posted on 07/21/2014 11:17:29 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: FrdmLvr

Well, I haven’t visited Detroit for a couple of hours.


36 posted on 07/21/2014 11:21:40 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Cementjungle

very nice photos. But Detroit has a large area...

Did you take pictures of the (how to say ), nicer part of town?


37 posted on 07/21/2014 11:24:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Did you take pictures of the (how to say ), nicer part of town?

These pictures were from several different neighborhoods. The only nicer parts we saw were the waterfront areas along the lake, but I didn't take photos there.

38 posted on 07/21/2014 11:27:07 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle

Don’t they have a central business district like Manhattan in NYC, or the Central and Northern part of Chicago...

I would guess that would be the better part of Detroit....


39 posted on 07/21/2014 11:33:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Anybody wondering what the streets and houses of Detroit look like (at least for the last five years) should visit Google Earth and take a street by street tour like I did. Some neighborhoods are still nice looking....some not so nice. Some streets look like you’re out in the country the houses are so separated from one another.


40 posted on 07/21/2014 11:39:14 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: GeronL; 1rudeboy
Is that required?

It certainly would help defend your clueless, ad hominem attacks on Detroit.......

BTW, is there anyone left in your border towns that speaks English other than the contractors driving the streets picking up the illegal day workers?........LOL!

41 posted on 07/21/2014 12:13:04 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Hot Tabasco

They all speak Canadian in my neck of the woods.

Damn icebacks.


42 posted on 07/21/2014 12:18:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 1rudeboy

LOL!


43 posted on 07/21/2014 12:22:46 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: ScottinVA
would these “signs of recovery” be anything more than just the results of state dollars being poured in for those new streetlights?

Yes they would, the investors purchasing all the vacant properties will now be responsible property tax payers, creating a revenue source that has been absent up till now.

And in case you missed it,

Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch and his family released Sunday in a press release plenty of details about a bold $650 million plan to build a new hockey arena and entertainment district downtown

The investment, expected to transform downtown, will include "tens of millions of dollars in public infrastructure improvements" such as lighting, sidewalks, green spaces and streets concurrently with arena construction, according to a press release.

Ilitch's private investment of at least $200M for new, mixed-use development is expected to help transform dozens of blighted blocks into five new neighborhoods.

The project, expected to be completed in the summer of 2017, is expected to generate at least $1.8 billion in total economic impact, 8,300 construction and construction-related jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs.

You don't rebuild a city over night and the investors who are snatching up properties from downtown outwards are fully aware of that fact.

44 posted on 07/21/2014 12:30:50 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Slyfox
People need reasons to move back

Try purchasing a condo or loft in downtown Detroit if it's such a worthless investment.......LOL!

45 posted on 07/21/2014 12:34:54 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: driftless2
Anybody wondering what the streets and houses of Detroit look like

Nope, not me........I'm fully aware of what they look like since I occasionally drive thru them.

And I also know that they are on their way out, especially around the outskirts of downtown where the transformation is taking place..........

46 posted on 07/21/2014 12:43:20 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: SeekAndFind

They do, downtown near the stadium. There are some redone condos and things there, but I wouldn’t say there were enough to rate a mention really.


47 posted on 07/21/2014 12:58:18 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: SeekAndFind
cough
48 posted on 07/21/2014 1:29:42 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: Moonman62

Thatcher Rule.


49 posted on 07/21/2014 1:42:35 PM PDT by epluribus_2 (he had the best mom - ever.)
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To: jsanders2001; cripplecreek
Not all.
Detroit is an artist colony right now.

those of us who spent our childhoods there are hoping to return soon, and some have already done so and are contributing to a new Detroit

shinola

love this guy

50 posted on 07/21/2014 6:22:20 PM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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