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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

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Detroit schools and the $715-million Band-Aid It’s a lot of money, but don’t call it a fix. The $715 million cash infusion that the Michigan Legislature is considering giving to Detroit Public Schools would no doubt pay off the school district’s $515 million in debt over 10 years, and provide some reserves. It’s a big ask, and one that has raised doubts. Doubts that outstate Michigan residents will support more money for Detroit schools due to the state's role in running DPS. Doubts that charter school operators, unions, legislators, Detroit’s mayor, philanthropists and parents can get on the same page to figure out how Detroit’s schools should be governed going forward. Most of all, there are doubts among researchers and experts that $715 million in itself will save DPS.

How Detroit Leaders Ignored Causes of Bankruptcy for 65 Years By Lew Mandell The signs of Detroit’s decline have been well-recognized for 65 years. Photo courtesy of Spencer Platt/Getty Images. For the past few months, Lew Mandell, author of “What to Do When I Get Stupid,” has been our retirement finance guru. He’s addressed multiple ways to close the retirement income gap, encouraging boomers to plan ahead before they lose their financial faculties to old age. Detroit teachers urged to return following pay guarantee Detroit Federation of Teachers interim President Ivy Bailey received a letter with the promise from the state-appointed emergency manager for the district, retired Judge Steven Rhodes. The union encouraged employees to go back to school Wednesday after a membership meeting Tuesday afternoon. All but three of Detroit's 97 schools were closed again Tuesday, the second day of teacher protests over concerns educators would go unpaid by the city's financially ailing school district. Rhodes, in a statement issued by Detroit Public Schools, said teachers are entitled to be paid in full, regardless of their pay schedule.

Detroit and Deindustrialization This article is from Dollars & Sense: Real World Economics, available at This article is from the September/October 2013 issue of Dollars & Sense magazine. Questions and Answers with Barry Bluestone Nine Reasons Why Detroit Failed My hometown of Detroit has been studied obsessively for years by writers and researchers of all types to gain insight into the Motor City’s decline. Indeed, it seems to have become a favorite pastime for urbanists of all stripes. How could such an economic powerhouse, a uniquely American city, so utterly collapse? Most analysis tends to focus on the economic, social and political reasons for the downfall. One of my favorite treatises on Detroit is The Origins of the Urban Crisis by Thomas Sugrue, who argues that housing and racial discrimination practices put in place after World War II played a primary role in the decline of Motown.

Snyder urges high school funding boost in $56.3B budget Lansing — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for additional spending to support high school classrooms and “at risk” students as part of a $56.3 billion budget plan celebrated by some public education officials but criticized by charter school advocates. The governor presented his 2018 spending plan to legislators Wednesday, pitching a series of new initiatives while continuing to resist the personal income tax cut proposals his fellow Republicans in the state Legislature are clamoring for. Snyder’s executive budget recommends an extra $50 in per-pupil funding for Michigan high schools. The targeted $20 million would be a new approach for Michigan, which has not traditionally based funding on grade-specific needs.

How Detroit's Automakers Went from Kings of the Road to Roadkill Skip to comments. How Detroit's Automakers Went from Kings of the Road to Roadkill Hillsdale College Imprimis | February 2009 Issue | Joseph B. White Snyder: Cut funding for cyber charter schools Cyber charter schools could see their funding cut under a budget proposal released today by Gov. Rick Snyder. The funding cut, if approved by the Legislature, would acknowledge that cyber schools don't have the same costs as traditional schools that operate in school buildings. But the move is already being criticized by charter school advocates — something state officials anticipated. "We knew when we were putting this budget together that this would be one of the areas that would create discussion ... with the Legislature and with stakeholders," said Kurt Weiss, spokesman for the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

Snyder - More than $12 million in skilled trades training funds will help create over 3,100 jobs, retain 10,000 others More than 350 employers to benefit from FY 16 awards Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 LANSING, Mich. – More than 13,000 job-seekers and workers will receive training for in-demand technical jobs through grants totaling $12.8 million awarded under Michigan’s Skilled Trades Training Fund, Gov. Root Causes of Detroit’s Decline Should Not Go Ignored Recently Detroit, under orders from a state-appointed emergency manager, became the largest U.S. city to go bankrupt. This stirred predictable media speculation about why the city, which at 1.8 million was once America’s 5th-largest, declined in the first place. Much of the coverage simply listed Detroit’s longtime problems rather than explaining their causes.