District Judge Gerald Rosen, lead Detroit bankruptcy mediator on adjustment plan Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen, the lead bankruptcy mediator, thanks a large group of people who worked on Detroit's bankruptcy deal and sacrificed for the greater good during a press conference after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhode's confirmation of Detroit's plan of adjustment at Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in Detroit, Nov. 7, 2014 (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit) DETROIT, MI -- The city can now afford to hire more police and firefighters. That's the bottom line after a 16-month court process that came to a triumphant climax Friday with Detroit being authorized to shed $7 billion of debt. "There are going to be more than 200 additional police officers on the street as a result of the plan," said Mayor Mike Duggan.
Implementation of an elaborate, 10-year plan to restore long-broken city services is now possible after U.S. Social crisis in Detroit: An investigative report. Part 1: The spiraling cost of food By Lawrence Porter and Naomi Spencer 20 June 2008 The following is the first of a three-part series.
Part two, "The impact of gas prices," followed on June 21; and part three, "Collapse of an American city," concluded the series on June 23. Over the past month, the World Socialist Web Site has conducted an investigation into the impact of rising food and gasoline prices on working class families in the Detroit metropolitan area. Bibliography. Chan, Erin.
"Embracing One Community: Metro Detroit's Latino Population expands, extending beyond Mexico for a rich diversity in culture. " Anatomy of Detroit’s Decline - Interactive Feature. Motor City: The Story of Detroit. The Detroit Bankruptcy. Shouting, reflection mark first year free of bankruptcy. Detroit marks one year of freedom today from the nation's largest bankruptcy, but overflowing passions at an event Wednesday night to discuss the state of the city showed some residents remain angered and disappointed by the outcome.
To be sure, the City of Detroit is financially solvent with thousands of new streetlights and its historic art collection preserved. Pensioners get paid despite cuts and key city services have shown signs of improvement. The city's budget is balanced. There is even an expected surplus. Still, the city is struggling to find new solutions to old problems: endemic blight, vacant land, high crime, struggling schools and a looming pension bill that city leaders are struggling to pay off.
Detroit's population loss slows; some suburbs see gains. Detroit continues to lose residents, but the population loss appears to be slowing, with about 1% moving out between 2013 and 2014, according to estimates released today by the U.S.
Census Bureau. In the tri-county area, the Oakland County suburbs of Lyon and Oakland townships and Sylvan Lake, as well as Macomb and Washington townships in Macomb County grew the fastest, according to the estimates. The census makes the estimates annually based on a review of birth and death records, as well as migration. Demographer Kurt Metzger said Detroit's population loss appears to be easing. "It continues to average about 1% loss per year," said Metzger, now mayor of Pleasant Ridge. By 2060, a much more multiracial Michigan will emerge. By 2060, the chance that two randomly selected Michiganders will be of different racial or ethnic backgrounds will increase from 39% to 60%, according to a USA Today Diversity Index, which analyzed census data and demographic trends.
In that time, the state's Hispanic population will more than double, its African-American and Asian populations will increase, and six times as many Michiganders will identify themselves as multiracial, according to projections by USA Today. Yet, even as the state becomes more diverse, its population will not grow as fast as populations in many other states, and Michigan's political clout in the U.S. Congress is likely to diminish. Other states, particularly in the South and Southwest, will benefit from larger and faster-growing numbers of Hispanic Americans.
After the 1960 census, Michigan had 19 congressional districts. From their porch steps, many Michiganders already are witnessing a world of change. "I thought it was important for my daug. Industrialism; urban decay; Census; The collapse of Detroit - latimes. Detroit just filed for bankruptcy. Here’s how it got there. By Brad Plumer July 18, 2013 On Thursday, the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy — the largest city in the United States ever to do so.
(Carlos Osorio/AP) To get a better sense of just how Detroit got into such dire financial straits, it's worth browsing through this May report on the city's finances and this "Proposal for Creditors" from June. Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr laid out all the problems and economic headwinds facing the city. For instance: How the poor stay that way. Policy-making is the way we send messages about priorities in our system of government.
What's important and what's not. Who's first in line for the fruits of democracy and who's last. So if you're poor, and particularly if you're among the working poor, people who earn paychecks too meager to sustain a family, much less get ahead, what message do you imagine you're being sent by the people of Michigan and their representatives these days? From where I sit, it looks a lot like this: Drop dead. Let's review a few headlines that rolled out over the last few weeks.
On Wednesday, the state Senate passed a package of bills that would strip prevailing-wage requirements out of government construction contracts. Meanwhile, a sensible Democratic proposal to revisit Michigan's nearly unique flat income tax in favor of a graduated tax was greeted with virtual laughter by the majority in Lansing — as if any idea that might ask more of upper-income earners is absurd. 40% of state in poverty. U.S. trade policies proved disastrous for Detroit, Flint. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and I have differences of opinion on many issues.
In no area are our differences stronger than trade policy. In 1960, Detroit was the richest city in America and General Motors was our largest private employer paying union workers a living wage with affordable health care and a secure retirement. Today, Wal-Mart is our largest private employer paying nonunion workers starvation wages with little or no benefits and selling products made in China. America’s radical transformation from a GM economy to a Wal-Mart economy has decimated the middle class, turning Detroit into one of the poorest big cities in America and hollowing out communities across the country. No city in America has suffered more than Flint. Unfettered free trade turned this once-prosperous middle-class city, where residents could own a home, raise a family and retire with security, into a place where good jobs are scarce and extreme poverty is high.
Here is the sad truth. Detroit’s white population rises. Detroit’s white population rose by nearly 8,000 residents last year, the first significant increase since 1950, according to a Detroit News analysis of U.S.
Census Bureau data. The data, made public Wednesday, mark the first time census numbers have validated the perception that whites are returning to a city that is overwhelmingly black and one where the overall population continues to shrink. Many local leaders contend halting Detroit’s population loss is crucial, and the new census data shows that policies to lure people back to the city may be helping stem the city’s decline.