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
“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.
See some green shoots of recovery there?
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.
Traffic looks light
Now we know the only way to stop the Democrats — bankruptcy.
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.
No, I just got back from the grocery store, it’s pretty heavy for a Monday afternoon. No potholes, either.
interesting blog posts sometimes, the person is a liberal too,
"Thats 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 dont show them. I suppose its 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. Its partly convenience, but its also the reality of many peoples experiences with the city. Its 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 dont live in the area anymore, and I find the same uniqueness, and grittiness that supposedly makes Detroit so great is everywhere. Grittiness isnt Detroits secret ingredient, its simply a nice way of saying its a hard place to live. Who needs that? Im 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."
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.
> 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?...: )
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.
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.
People need reasons to move back which include a worthwhile infrastructure and jobs, not a brightly-colored buses and vegetable gardens.
July 10 and he’s right. Unless you’re talking about Gilbertville.
Well, I haven’t visited Detroit for a couple of hours.
very nice photos. But Detroit has a large area...
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.
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....
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.
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!
They all speak Canadian in my neck of the woods.
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.
Try purchasing a condo or loft in downtown Detroit if it's such a worthless investment.......LOL!
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..........
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.