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Two firms selected to privatize Detroit trash collection. By J.

Two firms selected to privatize Detroit trash collection

Cooper 18 November 2013 On November 13, the City of Detroit announced that Rizzo Environmental Services of Sterling Heights, Michigan and Advanced Disposal, Inc. of Ponte Vedra, Florida were the successful bidders for privatizing Detroit’s solid waste hauling. Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s office will finalize contracts with the two firms within the next thirty days. They are tentatively expected to begin handling trash pickup and curbside recycling May 1, 2014.

Hardest Hit Fund/Demolition - Building Detroit. In February 2010 the U.S.

Hardest Hit Fund/Demolition - Building Detroit

Department of Treasury created the Hardest Hit Fund to provide assistance to homeowners in 18 states that were most affected by the mortgage foreclosure crisis. The U.S. Treasury allows cities like Detroit to use this money for residential demolition. The Detroit Land Bank has been awarded funding under this program. Public Lighting Authority. Detroit’s street lighting system has been in increasingly serious disrepair for some time, with minimal infrastructure investment having been made for at least the last 20 years.

Public Lighting Authority

When the Public Lighting Authority was created, roughly 40 percent of the street lights were not working for reasons that included copper theft, bulb outages, vandalism, obsolete technology, lack of repair staff and a lack of funds to pay for repairs. Something had to change. Unable to pay bill, Mich. city turns off lights - US news - Life. HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. — As the sun dips below the rooftops each evening, parts of this Detroit enclave turn to pitch black, the only illumination coming from a few streetlights at the end of the block or from glowing yellow yard globes.

Unable to pay bill, Mich. city turns off lights - US news - Life

It wasn't always this way. But when the debt-ridden community could no longer afford its monthly electric bill, elected officials not only turned off 1,000 streetlights. Threatened Cuts From Mayor: Police, Fire & People Mover. DETROIT (WWJ) – One week after the Detroit City Council voted 8-1 to cut an additional $50 million beyond Mayor Bing’s budget recommendation, new details are emerging Monday regarding the additional cuts to the city budget.

Threatened Cuts From Mayor: Police, Fire & People Mover

An advisory sent to WWJ stated the city departments, which have the responsibility of managing their budgets, have analyzed the cuts and the staffing and service reductions that will result. A detailed summary of three high-priority areas that will be affected by the $50 million cut are listed below: Public Safety (Police and Fire) Parks, Recreation and Grass Cutting (General Services and Recreation) Transportation (DDOT, People Mover and Woodward Light Rail) Fire Proposed Fire Cuts: $4,100,000 Reduction in Fire personnel Potential Closure of Fire Stations Reduced vehicle availability for Emergency and Fire Response Diminishes fire safety efforts “These cuts won’t solve our fiscal crisis.

Detroit Rising: Life after bankruptcy. One year after a federal judge approves Detroit's bankruptcy exit plan, progress has been made while looming challenges remain, especially city pensions The City of Detroit has more than enough cash to pay its daily bills.

Detroit Rising: Life after bankruptcy

Thousands of busted streetlights have been replaced. City retirees still receive pension checks, and valuable paintings remain ensconced in the gilded halls of the Detroit Institute of Arts. View City of Detroit Reports. DetroitFactSheet 412909 7. Everything You Need To Know About Detroit’s Bankruptcy Settlement. 9 ways Detroit is changing after bankruptcy. When Detroit filed for bankruptcy last July, observers around the world were shocked by how far some city services had deteriorated -- though it was no secret to residents.

9 ways Detroit is changing after bankruptcy

Average police response times clocked in at almost an hour. Tens of thousands of broken streetlights meant entire streets go dark at nightfall. And though Detroit has more than 200 municipal parks, the city could only afford to keep about a quarter of them open. How has the city changed since it entered bankruptcy? Detroit's public services have shown some improvement in the last year but still have a long way to go before they're at adequate levels. Detroit's gentrification won't give poor citizens reliable public services.

For the past two years, I have taken postgraduate students in urban geography to Detroit, where a prosperous downtown is rising.

Detroit's gentrification won't give poor citizens reliable public services

The city’s transformation is being celebrated and seen as potential model for other places. But George Galster, professor of urban studies at Detroit’s Wayne State University told my students to imagine the city as a bathtub. The new investments and activities are like water pouring into the tub. But nothing has been done to plug the giant hole at the bottom of the tub. This new renaissance does not address why Detroit declined in the first place.