Skip to comments.Detroit showing signs of recovery ahead of bankruptcy trial
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.
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And the Chinese and Muzzies are by buying them up. Michigan makes a great vpcenter for terrorists because of easy access / escape to Canada
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.
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....
“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.
Well, the Tigers are recovering quite well.
When’s the last time you visited Detroit?
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.
Take some money away from funding overly-bloated union pension funds, and you can actually afford to provide some public services. Whoda thunkit?
How is Dearbornistan doing?
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?
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.
If every other municipality in America faced a similar fate, they might be more careful about repeatedly electing crooks and grifters to public office.
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.
I guess the turning off of the delinquent water accounts was the sign of things getting better.
Most of those morons weren’t even from Detroit and don’t have a clue as to what is going on there.
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?
Depends on which movie.
Full Metal Jacket - Texas
An Officer and a Gentleman - Oklahoma