EM Battle Planning

August 16, 2013
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EM Battle Planning

For those who think the Occupy movement has faded away — we have news for you. And, for those of you who believe that everyone is just sitting back and accepting the fact that an appointed Emergency Manager is free to call all the shots when it comes to governing Detroit and other cities...
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“In These Times” Examines Bankrupt Detroit

August 14, 2013
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“In These Times” Examines Bankrupt Detroit

Since doing our big cover story a few weeks back on the way the national media is covering Detroit’s filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protections, we’ve been keeping an interested eye on the ongoing reporting. Among the latest offerings is a cover piece by  In These Times, a left-leaning magazine based in Chicago.  Rather...
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Detroit’s Pension ‘Nightmare’: Salon’s Take

August 12, 2013
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Detroit plays a featured role in a newly posted Salon article appearing under the headline: “Don’t take my pension!: The looming public worker nightmare.” As that headline indicates, the piece by Georgetown University law professor Adam Levitin strikes an ominous tone. Here’s how Levitin sums things up: “What happens to a municipal worker’s pension...
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Water Woes

August 9, 2013
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Water Woes

“It’s like we’re all on the SS Titanic and there aren’t lifeboats for everyone.” That chilling quote comes from a Detroit resident interviewed for a new report that delves  into the issue of water rates and how they are affecting urban dwellers. Titled “Tapped Out: Threats to the Human Right to Water in the...
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Detroit Election: Numbers that Don’t Add Up

August 7, 2013
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Detroit Election: Numbers that Don’t Add Up

By now, anyone who cares at all about Detroit’s mayoral primary knows that Mike Duggan pulled off the improbable and stomped all the competition, even though he ran as a write-in candidate. Given the obstacle he had to overcome, the fact that Duggan easily beat  second-place finisher Benny Napoleon would seem to bode badly...
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Looking Back: The Roots of Detroit’s Foreclosure Crisis

August 2, 2013
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Looking Back: The Roots of Detroit’s Foreclosure Crisis

Ten years ago, the Metro Times published a story by then-staff writer Lisa M. Collins, who produced an excellent piece drawing attention to what was, at the time, a just-emerging problem involving predatory home loans. As this week’s cover package takes a look at how the national media is portraying the story behind Detroit’s...
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Tearin’ Down The House

July 31, 2013
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Tearin’ Down The House

So, you live in Detroit and have been wondering for a while  now what’s going on with that vacant, dilapidated  eyesore next door. Repeated calls to the city haven’t  produced any clear answers. What’s a person to do? The answer – thanks to the good folks at the nonprofit Data Driven Detroit and the...
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Bankruptcy Snakepit Grows Wilder

July 26, 2013
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Bankruptcy Snakepit Grows Wilder

If you were already thinking that this whole Detroit bankruptcy thing has quickly turned into a crazy and confusing mess, I’ve got news for you: It’s even more bizarre than you probably realize. A short time ago I field a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the city, trying to pry loose a video...
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Detroit Bankruptcy: Full Speed Ahead

July 24, 2013
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Detroit Bankruptcy: Full Speed Ahead

U.S. Judge Steven Rhodes cleared the way for Detroit to continue pursuing Chapter 9 bankruptcy Wednesday by putting challenges made in state court on hold. The first hearing in what is the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history saw lawyers representing the city and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr emerge the clear winners. But...
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Detroit Bankruptcy: Into the Unknown

July 19, 2013
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Detroit Bankruptcy:  Into the Unknown

History was made Thursday when Detroit became the largest U.S. city ever to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy protections. What does that mean for the city? The short answer is: No one can say with  certainty. Judging from a wide variety of media reports, the overwhelming consensus among experts is that Detroit is entering uncharted...
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