5 Days in 1967 Still Shake Detroit. DETROIT, July 22— During this city's riots 30 years ago, Officer Isaiah McKinnon of the Detroit police was pulled over by an unmarked police car while driving home from a 12-hour shift spent trying to stop arsonists and looters from torching businesses and carrying off sofas, radios, even groceries.
Mr. McKinnon still had his uniform on that night and was one of the few black officers then on a police force so brutal and infected by racism that a routine raid of an after-hours club touched off the rioting. When Mr. McKinnon was approached by the two white officers who had stopped him for violating a riot curfew, he yelled that he, too, was on the police force -- to little effect. ''The older guy, he had his gun out and he made a racially derogatory comment to me,'' Mr. Much has changed since the night three decades ago when the white officer's shot missed Mr. Anatomy of Detroit’s Decline - Interactive Feature. Detroit, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? Thou wouldst fain destroy the temple!
If thou be Jesus, Son of the Father, now from the Cross descend thou, that we behold it and believe on thee when we behold it. If thou art King over Israel, save thyself then! Detroit Schools, Already in Dire Straits, Take Hit as the City’s Population Shrinks. Detroit Population Down 25 Percent, Census Finds. Photo Laying bare the country’s most startling example of modern urban collapse, census data on Tuesday showed that Detroit’s population had plunged by 25 percent over the last decade.
Billions in Debt, Detroit Tumbles Into Insolvency. Some bankruptcy experts and city leaders bemoaned the likely fallout from the filing, including the stigma.
They anticipate further benefit cuts for city workers and retirees, more reductions in services for residents, and a detrimental effect on borrowing. Detroit: What a city owes its residents - latimes. Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
Above: A person walks… (Spencer Platt / Getty Images ) Though it is the biggest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy, Detroit is only one of 26 urban municipalities that have gone into bankruptcy or state receivership for fiscal insolvency since 2008. Detroit should draw attention and debate to a challenging issue underlying all these public insolvencies: What level of public services will we protect and guarantee for U.S. cities? The Bankruptcy Court will have to face that question. It will have to determine whether Detroit can cut into current services any more than it already has. Politicians and judges who manage local fiscal crises speak of maintaining basic services and ensuring residents' minimal health and safety, but these concepts are short on specifics. Industrialism; urban decay; Census; The collapse of Detroit - latimes. Imagine for a moment that every single person living in the city of San Jose, plus another 150,000 or so, just up and left.
Vanished. Poof. Gone. Leaving their homes, business buildings and factories behind. That is, in effect, what has happened to the city of Detroit, according to 2010 U.S. It's an unprecedented collapse of a major American city. In Detroit, the loss amounts to a staggering 60% of the city's peak population. When it comes to pensions, California is no Detroit. The Detroit bankruptcy court judge's ruling that employee pensions are "on the table" for potential reductions has spurred yet another round of acrimonious debate between those on the right who blame public-sector pensions for virtually all of government's fiscal problems and employee unions that deny there's a problem at all.
Neither side is right. West, South are fastest growing in latest census data. Eight of the fastest growing states are in the South or West, according to the latest U.S. census data, and five of those growing are Sun Belt states as the nation continues its political, economic and social redistribution.
The U.S. Census Bureau produces population estimates each year, statistics the agency says help planners make policy decisions during the period between the mandated counts every decade. The decennial count is used to apportion congressional seats among the states, though the decision on how to carve specific districts is left to the states themselves where rival parties often compete for control. Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick: 'I really, really, really messed up' - latimes. Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who turned Detroit into his personal wallet, was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison for corruption in the city that has become the modern face of municipal bankruptcy.
A year into Detroit's bankruptcy, many residents still feel abandoned. In the year since this city filed for bankruptcy, becoming the largest municipality ever to do so, leaders have adopted a more optimistic tone about the future, pledging to fix streetlights and attract new residents and jobs.
But Eric Byrd isn't buying it. "No change round here yet," said the 30-year-old, looking around his neighborhood on the west side of the city. Nearly every house on the block is abandoned, hollowed out by fire or vandals. Yards have been reclaimed by tall grass and wildflowers, and the roads are potholed and empty. By all accounts, Detroit's bankruptcy has been handled quickly and evenhandedly under the guidance of Judge Steven Rhodes.
It also has enlisted $816 million from private funds and the state to help limit cuts to city pensions and protect the Detroit Institute of Arts from a fire sale. "It's more than a tough pill to swallow. The plan needs approval from more than half of the members of each voting class. The Fight to Save Atlantic City. Mike Hauke opened a pizza and sub shop in Atlantic City in 2009, but only after he had failed in nine tries to rent the space to somebody else. He had bought the building three years earlier on the advice of his father, an accountant who considered distressed real estate a smart long-term bet. This piece of real estate seemed to test the proposition. The Checklist. The damage that the human body can survive these days is as awesome as it is horrible: crushing, burning, bombing, a burst blood vessel in the brain, a ruptured colon, a massive heart attack, rampaging infection.
These conditions had once been uniformly fatal. Now survival is commonplace, and a large part of the credit goes to the irreplaceable component of medicine known as intensive care. It’s an opaque term. Specialists in the field prefer to call what they do “critical care,” but that doesn’t exactly clarify matters. The non-medical term “life support” gets us closer. The difficulties of life support are considerable. But the emergency technicians continued CPR anyway. After six hours, her core temperature reached 98.6 degrees. Motown Down. If you were to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts, home to Diego Rivera’s magnificent murals depicting scenes at the Ford Motor Company in the early nineteen-thirties, and then take a stroll through the surrounding streets, you might be surprised at what you would find: coffee shops frequented by young hipsters; old warehouses being converted to lofts; bike racks; houses undergoing renovation; a new Whole Foods supermarket. The Number: 40% These are dark times for Detroit.
The city filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, and though political machinations have cast a shadow on the filing, there is no disputing that Detroit faces grave financial problems: eighteen billion dollars in debt obligations, a twenty-eight-per-cent population decline since 2000, and a municipal government that found it could no longer afford to keep the whole city lit at night. In the first quarter of 2013, approximately forty per cent of Detroit’s street lights did not work. Some of the darkness may be by design.
In discussing the street-light problem with Bloomberg.com last year, the Wayne State University law professor John Mogk said Detroit has a thinly spread population, with up to twenty city neighborhoods that were less than fifteen-per-cent occupied. Drop Dead, Detroit! The Road Ahead. Like many Americans who fought in the Second World War, Sam Ridley, a tank commander in Patton’s drive across France, came home with big plans and a heightened sense of destiny.