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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.

Detroit Race Riots 1943 . Eleanor Roosevelt . WGBH American Experience

" 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. Kwame Kilpatrick, Ex-Detroit Mayor, Guilty in Corruption Case. Photo.

Kwame Kilpatrick, Ex-Detroit Mayor, Guilty in Corruption Case

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.

Detroit Race Riot (1967)

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. 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. 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. Today, Detroit is a “high-choice” city. School Choice with Few Options The dearth of high-quality options is evident to parents. 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.

Snyder - City of Detroit Financial Facts and Figures

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. Detroit’s Bankruptcy Reflects a History of Racism. This is black history month. Michigan by the numbers: Census shows a Detroit decline, unemployment hits milestone. Emily Lawler | MLive.com LANSING, MI - Detroit lost population, our unemployment hit a big milestone and the nation's largest vehicle recall hit the auto state this week.

Michigan by the numbers: Census shows a Detroit decline, unemployment hits milestone

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. 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.

Detroit’s unemployment rate on the decline

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.

After bankruptcy, few options for Detroit to grow revenue

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? In short, it's not that easy. 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.

The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Middle Class

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. Drop Dead, Detroit! For the past twenty-one years, L.

Drop Dead, Detroit!

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. 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.

State prepares to collect city income taxes for Detroit

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 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.

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. Anatomy of Detroit’s Decline - Interactive Feature.