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Former Detroit mayor sentenced to 28 years in prison. How Detroit ended up with the worst public transit. Jim Storm has an easier time than most.

How Detroit ended up with the worst public transit

In the region that gave America a set of wheels, the Ferndale resident hasn’t owned a car in years, leaving behind the perpetual repairs, insurance payments and gas pumps for the bus — and for him, at least, it works. The thought of someone actually ditching his car in metro Detroit, however, is virtually unheard of. Living within a stone’s throw of Woodward Avenue, though, it makes sense for Storm. How bad are conditions in Detroit public schools? This appalling. Detroit public school teachers are staging "sick-outs.

How bad are conditions in Detroit public schools? This appalling.

" Here is what you need to know about the school conditions that they say make it difficult to do their jobs. (Claritza Jimenez/The Washington Post) Detroit public school teachers are staging "sick-outs. " Here is what you need to know about the school conditions that they say make it difficult to do their jobs. Detroit Lights Up Darkened Streets, as Crime Rate Drops. Detroit, beginning in the 1970s, became the most violent and crime-ridden city in the United States.

Detroit Lights Up Darkened Streets, as Crime Rate Drops

For decades, the Motor City had the dubious distinction of the highest crime rates in the nation, including murders. Many of the crimes were committed in darkness. Detroit is going dark - Jul. 19, 2013. And if you're walking around the city, it might make sense to bring a flashlight -- about 40% of the 88,000 street lights don't work.

Detroit is going dark - Jul. 19, 2013

Those are two of the problems highlighted by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as he approved a bankruptcy filing for the state's biggest city. The problems have fed on themselves, resulting in 78.000 buildings either abandoned or ruined. "Does anybody think it's OK to have 40-year-old trees growing through the roofs of dilapidated houses? " asked emergency manager Kevyn Orr, in a news conference on Friday. Orr said the city had filed for bankruptcy because it would take more than 50 years to pay off the city's $11.5 billion in unsecured debt while not conducting even the most basic maintenance, such as filling potholes and plowing snow.

Detroit residents wait less for police, ambulances; see how long. MLive File Photo DETROIT, MI -- Detroit emergency response times by police, ambulance and firefighters over the years has been slow, compared to national averages at least, but they're improving, City Hall says.

Detroit residents wait less for police, ambulances; see how long

As of last week, it took about 12 minutes for an ambulance and 18 minutes for police officer to respond to life-threatening calls in Detroit, according to data recorded on the Detroit Dashboard, a publicly accessible website that tracks various quality-of-life statistics each week. Detroit Dashboard Rather than wait on an ambulance, police have on multiple occasions, one of the most recent Oct. 16 when officers transported a shot 3-year-old who later died, taken victims to the hospital themselves. Two yeas ago, Fox 2 Reporter Charlie LeDuff took a bubble bath and made two food trips over a four-hour stretch while waiting with a crime victim who arrived home to find her home broken into and was waiting for Detroit police.

The Detroit Bankruptcy. Detroit bus drivers speak out on bankruptcy, crisis in city bus system. “What you have now is not a true government, it is a dictatorship” By our reporters 21 December 2013.

Detroit bus drivers speak out on bankruptcy, crisis in city bus system

Auto workers, bus riders denounce Detroit bankruptcy ruling. “The Democrats conspired with the Republicans on this” By Zac Corrigan 17 November 2014 Over the weekend, Detroit workers continued to voice their opposition to the Detroit bankruptcy plan approved by Judge Stephen Rhodes on November 7.

Auto workers, bus riders denounce Detroit bankruptcy ruling

In a landmark ruling, municipal worker health care and pensions are to be cut—the latter in violation of the Michigan state constitution—and the city’s assets will be hived off to the very businesses and financial institutions that drove the city to ruin. Shift change at Warren stamping plant. These Huge School Districts Are Facing Major Budget Crises, And There Aren’t Any Solutions In Sight. Everything You Need To Know About Detroit’s Bankruptcy Settlement. 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. That's the good news. But a year after a federal judge approved a cost-cutting and reinvestment plan in the nation's largest-ever municipal bankruptcy case, Detroit's financial future still hangs in the balance. Among the greatest concerns: a multibillion-dollar pension bill that starts coming due in less than a decade. The city is on the hook to make a balloon pension payment estimated at more than $100 million in 2024 alone. So far, the early returns for the investments since the bankruptcy are falling short. It was officially known as a plan of adjustment. None came true. Peter J. How Detroit went broke: The answers may surprise you — and don't blame Coleman Young.

Originally published Sept. 15, 2013 Detroit is broke, but it didn’t have to be.

How Detroit went broke: The answers may surprise you — and don't blame Coleman Young

An in-depth Free Press analysis of the city’s financial history back to the 1950s shows that its elected officials and others charged with managing its finances repeatedly failed — or refused — to make the tough economic and political decisions that might have saved the city from financial ruin. Instead, amid a huge exodus of residents, plummeting tax revenues and skyrocketing home abandonment, Detroit’s leaders engaged in a billion-dollar borrowing binge, created new taxes and failed to cut expenses when they needed to. Simultaneously, they gifted workers and retirees with generous bonuses. And under pressure from unions and, sometimes, arbitrators, they failed to cut health care benefits — saddling the city with staggering costs that today threaten the safety and quality of life of people who live here.

The State of Michigan also bears some blame. Decades of mismanagement added to Detroit’s fiscal woes. Detroit Budget Archives Information. Detroit budget proposal has deficit up to $380 million, remains unapproved by emergency ma. Mayor Dave Bing presents his fiscal 2013 budget to City Council on Friday, April 12, 2013.

Detroit budget proposal has deficit up to $380 million, remains unapproved by emergency ma

(Screengrab from public video) DETROIT, MI -- Mayor Dave Bing presented his proposed budget to City Council on Friday, proposing cuts to City Council staff, keeping furloughs in place and leaving many positions in various departments unfilled. But the city's budget deficit under the plan will rise from $327 to $380, the mayor said. Chief Financial Officer Jack Martin said the city's deficit is increasing a lower rate and that he expects to start seeing a reduction next year. "The deficit is increasing at a decreasing rate," Martin said, drawing guffaws from the council and audience. Bing said Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has yet to sign off on the proposed budget. "We were confronted with making difficult and challenging decisions on cuts," said Bing. Detroit Budget Archives Information. OVERVIEW:Describes the City's organization, financial processes and policies (147 kb) SUMMARY - ALL FUNDS:Sorts the activities proposed for 2013-2014 according to overall functions of City government, organizational units of administration, funds, budgetary objects, and major types of revenue.

It explains capital, operating and staffing proposals in the context of historical trends. (938 kb) SUMMARY - GENERAL FUNDS:Sorts the activities proposed for 2013-2014 according to overall functions of City government, organizational units of administration, funds, budgetary objects, and major types of revenue. It explains capital, operating and staffing proposals in the context of historical trends.