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Detroit Race Riots 1943 . Eleanor Roosevelt . WGBH American Experience. As the nation's most important production center during the Second World War, the city of Detroit was popularly known as the "arsenal of democracy. " The city's overwhelmingly industrial landscape had been rapidly expanding since the manufacturing boom of the post-Civil War era. Yet its industrial prosperity masked underlying and deeply-rooted racial animosities. As the city's many production plants mobilized for the war effort, employers turned to a ready pool of African American labor from the South. Yet Detroit was in no way equipped to accommodate these new laborers. The shift in the city's demographics caused volatile racial tensions which would erupt into one of the bloodiest riots in the nation's history.

By the 1940s Detroit already had a long history of racial conflict. These and numerous other indignities contributed to escalating racial tensions in June of 1943. The Detroit riot began at a popular and integrated amusement park known as Belle Isle. Kwame Kilpatrick, Ex-Detroit Mayor, Guilty in Corruption Case. Photo DETROIT — , a former mayor of Detroit, was found guilty on Monday of a raft of charges, including racketeering, fraud and extortion, capping a five-month public corruption trial against him and two co-defendants. The jury found Mr. Kilpatrick guilty of 24 of the 30 charges against him, including the most serious charges of racketeering and extortion, which each carry maximum sentences of 20 years. At an afternoon bond hearing, Mr. Lawyers for Mr. The verdicts brought to a close a trial in which prosecutors laid out a complex case against Mr. Mr. The indictment contained 45 charges. As verdicts were read Mr. All but one member of the jury panel returned to the courtroom after the verdict to speak with reporters about their two-week deliberations, described as respectful but sometimes contentious.

“There was no one piece of evidence that sealed the deal,” said one juror, who like the other members declined to be quoted by name. Another juror said she had voted for Mr. James C. Detroit Race Riot (1967) The Intersection of 12th Street and Clairmount, Saturday, July 23, 1967 Image Courtesy of the Detroit Free Press Image Ownership: Public Domain The Detroit Race Riot in Detroit, Michigan in the summer of 1967 was one of the most violent urban revolts in the 20th century. It came as an immediate response to police brutality but underlying conditions including segregated housing and schools and rising black unemployment helped drive the anger of the rioters.

On Sunday evening, July 23, the Detroit Police Vice Squad officers raided an after hours “blind pig,” an unlicensed bar on the corner of 12th Street and Clairmount Avenue in the center of the city’s oldest and poorest black neighborhood. A party at the bar was in progress to celebrate the return of two black servicemen from Vietnam. At 5:20 a.m. additional police officers were sent to 12th Street to stop the growing violence.

At 11:00 p.m. a 45-year-old white man was seen looting a store and was shot by the store owner. At 2:00 a.m. Fixing Detroit’s 
Broken School System: Improve accountability 
and oversight for district and charter schools. Detroit is a classic story of a once-thriving city that has lost its employment base, its upper and middle classes, and much of its hope for the future. The city has been on a long, slow decline for decades. It’s difficult to convey the postapocalyptic nature of Detroit. Miles upon miles of abandoned houses are in piles of rot and ashes. Unemployment, violent crime, and decades of underinvestment have led to a near-complete breakdown of civic infrastructure: the roads are terrible, the police are understaffed, and there is a deeply insufficient social safety net.

There are new federal funds and private investment being directed to Detroit’s renewal. Bankruptcy proceedings are finally under way, and a new mayor wants to make a fresh start. In January 2014, as part of a multicity study, researchers from the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) met with a dozen parents in Detroit to learn about their experiences with education in the city. Ms. School Choice with Few Options 1. 2. Snyder - City of Detroit Financial Facts and Figures. Today, Governor Rick Snyder spoke with members of the media about Detroit's financial condition in response to a report issued this week by Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon and the Detroit Financial Review Team. In the video above, Governor Snyder addresses the findings of that report.

Video: Watch Governor Snyder's media round table. "For many years, the city has been overestimating its revenues and overspending, [and] to resolve their deficit, they've been taking on massive borrowings," Snyder said. In addition, the city faces ballooning obligations for retirement obligations and, unfortunately, the city's recent actions have not been enough to solve the short-term and long-term needs of the city. Snyder laid out goals for the city in order to help make sure that it is providing good services to its residents, including meeting the short-term cash crisis, dealing with long-term obligations and putting in place a system for balanced budgets.

Financial Facts and Figures in Pictures: Detroit’s Bankruptcy Reflects a History of Racism. This is black history month. It is also the month that the Emergency Manager who took political power and control from the mostly African American residents of Detroit has presented his plan to bring the city out of the bankruptcy he steered it into. This is black history in the making, and I hope the nation will pay attention to who wins and who loses from the Emergency Manager’s plan. Black people are by far the largest racial or ethnic population in Detroit, which has the highest percentage of black residents of any American city with a population over 100,000.

Eighty-three percent of the city’s 701,000 residents are black. It continues to be an underreported story that a white state legislature and white governor took over the city and forced it to file for bankruptcy against the will of its elected representatives. It’s important to view what is happening to Detroit and its public employees through a racial lens. Government was involved at a more micro level as well.

Michigan by the numbers: Census shows a Detroit decline, unemployment hits milestone. Emily Lawler | LANSING, MI - Detroit lost population, our unemployment hit a big milestone and the nation's largest vehicle recall hit the auto state this week. Welcome to Michigan by the numbers, my new weekly feature that rounds up the important digits in this week's news. Here goes: That's Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment percentage for April. It's a good number for Michigan, but most importantly it brings the state in line with the national average. We've been below the national average for 15 years, and spent nearly four years ranking dead last. 33.8 million The Japan-based Takata Corp. recalled 33.8 million airbags this week.

Detroit shed that many residents in 2014, according to newly-released census estimates. That's a wrap for this week. Detroit’s unemployment rate on the decline. From March 2015 to April 2015, the unemployment rate across the state and in the City of Detroit’s decreased (monthly);The Purchasing Manager’s Index for Southeast Michigan increased from April 2015 to May 2015 (monthly);Commodity Price Index decreased from April 2015 to May 2015 for Southeast Michigan (monthly);Standard and Poor’s Case-Shiller Home Price Index for the Detroit Metropolitan Statistical Area continue to increase.

According to the most recent data provided by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, the unemployment rate for the state of Michigan decreased from 5.7 percent in March to 4.8 percent in April. During this same period, unemployment in the city of Detroit also decreased from 11.7 percent in March to 10.2 percent in April. From March to April, the number of people employed in the city of Detroit increased by 744, leading to a total of 210,161 people employed in April. Blssummary detroit.

Forbes Welcome. Forbes Welcome. Forbes Welcome. After bankruptcy, few options for Detroit to grow revenue. Slash costs, fix the balance sheet and take money that was once tied to debts and spend it on police, fire and other city services. That's the premise of Detroit's bankruptcy: short-term pain for long-term benefit, and cuts for Detroit's creditors, but better outcomes for residents. But of the $1.7 billion that Detroit's post-bankruptcy plan is expected to generate, only about $900 million comes from restructuring the city's debts. About $483 million comes from projected new revenues, $358 million from cost savings. "We don't have $1.7 billion in the bank," said former Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who led the city through bankruptcy.

"We think we've made our estimates reasonable. " Simple enough on paper, but in reality? Both raising revenue and cutting costs have proved problematic for generations of Detroit leaders. In short, it's not that easy. Why is it different now? Here's where Detroit is starting: timely reporting of revenue and expenses. Where cash comes from The big picture. The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Middle Class. In 1973, Ron and Loretta Martin and their three sons moved into the yellow-brick Colonial across the street from my childhood home, on Detroit’s west side. My father greeted them warmly, despite the fact that most of our neighbors saw them as blockbusters, part of a nefarious conspiracy by civil-rights groups to force integration and break up tight-knit white enclaves.

The Martins were one of the first black families on our block. It took a lot of courage to be pioneers, those black families who crossed the city’s racial frontier. And it also took extra money. Black pioneers, as I discovered years later when I wrote a book about Detroit, were usually better off financially than the white people they moved next to. Ron and Loretta were pioneers in another way. It was not always this way. But by the time the Martins moved in, those blue-collar jobs were disappearing. Public employment, of course, did not come cheaply. Thomas J. Photograph by Bill Pugliano/Getty. Drop Dead, Detroit! For the past twenty-one years, L. Brooks Patterson has governed Oakland County, a large, affluent suburb of Detroit.

Oakland County embodies fiscal success as much as Detroit does financial ruin, and Patterson, the county executive, tends to behave as though his chief job in life were to never let anyone forget it. One week in September, he gave me an extended tour of his empire, in a chauffeured minivan. Near the end of the first day, we headed toward Lake St. Clair, at the mouth of the Detroit River, for a party on a yacht.

The landscape slid past, a jumbled time line of American suburban innovation: big-box districts, fuel megacenters, shopping malls, restaurants with the interior acreage of a factory. Patterson told me, “I used to say to my kids, ‘First of all, there’s no reason for you to go to Detroit. “That’s true,” his driver, a retired cop named Tim, muttered. Patterson just turned seventy-five. Still, he is best known for his big mouth. “I’m just readin’ the clouds, Brooks.” State prepares to collect city income taxes for Detroit. Detroiters and people who work in the city will be able to pay their individual city income taxes electronically starting with the next tax season after the state Treasury Department begins processing the city’s income tax collections in January, officials said today.

The state is taking over Detroit income tax collection as part of the city’s post-bankruptcy efforts to improve its bottom line, and the Treasury Department will begin processing the taxes in January. The move will make it easier to file taxes while also boosting compliance, likely resulting in increased revenue for the city, the officials said. “Taxpayers deserve an easy and convenient filing process and the ability to e-file directly with the state will do just that,” Detroit Chief Financial Officer John Hill said in a news release. “More efficient tax collection also means the city will have more resources to provide vital services to our citizens.”

Marilyn Salenger: ‘White flight’ and Detroit’s decline. By Marilyn Salenger By Marilyn Salenger July 21, 2013 Marilyn Salenger is president of Strategic Communications Services and a former correspondent and news anchor for several CBS stations. An almost palpable sadness has swept across the country at the news that the city of Detroit has filed for bankruptcy. While the possibility of this had been discussed, the reality of what was once the fourth-largest city in the United States sinking to such depths is disheartening, a moment people will remember for years to come.

To understand that the decline and bankruptcy represent so much more than dollars and cents requires a step back to a time that many would prefer to forget but remains unforgettable. In the late 1960s,racial tensions engulfed parts of our country, at the cost of lost lives and abject destruction. Such was the case in Detroit during the summer of 1967, when one of the worst race riots our country had seen took place. Opinions Orlando Shooting Updates post_newsletter348 true false. White Flight - How Detroit Lost Its Way. Detroit, decay and solidarity. The bankruptcy of the city of Detroit has many causes, including poor management, industrial history and dysfunctional American sociology. I think there is also an ethical problem: too little cross-border solidarity. I don’t want to downplay the other failures. A more competent city government would have addressed, rather than added to, the problems. The U.S. car industry proved a disastrously weak economic anchor. And without widespread racism, there would have been fewer ghettoised African-Americans.

Still, the economic and sociological poison has not been spread equally. In the United States, population change is a crude but accurate indicator of economic success. True, metro Detroit as a whole may not be thriving. Compare Detroit with European cities suffering from similar economic shifts. In a European-style metro Detroit, unified regional planning would favour reconstruction of the old city centre over new buildings and new highways in ever more distant locations. Anatomy of Detroit’s Decline - Interactive Feature. Mayor Coleman A. Young of Detroit at an event in 1980. Richard Sheinwald/Associated Press The financial crisis facing Detroit was decades in the making, caused in part by a trail of missteps, suspected corruption and inaction.

Here is a sampling of some city leaders who trimmed too little, too late and, rather than tackling problems head on, hoped that deep-rooted structural problems would turn out to be cyclical downturns. Charles E. Edward Jeffries, who served as mayor from 1940 to 1948, developed the Detroit Plan, which involved razing 100 blighted acres and preparing the land for redevelopment. Albert Cobo was considered a candidate of the wealthy and of the white during his tenure from 1950 to 1957. Coleman A. Kwame M. Dave Bing, a former professional basketball star, took office in 2009 pledging to solve Detroit’s fiscal problems, which by then were already overwhelming. Related.