ON SUNDAY the Tigers, Detroit’s baseball team, qualified for the World Series playoffs (pictured). Fans hope this could be the Tigers’ year. Some see this as yet another sign that things are taking a turn for the better in this otherwise beleaguered, bankrupt city.
On September 25th the city council voted unanimously to transfer power for all day-to-day decisions back to the city’s elected officials—ie the city council and Mike Duggan, Detroit’s mayor. Police and fire departments are now back under mayoral control. In a promising move, the mayor and the council agreed that Kevyn Orr, the state-appointed emergency manager for the past 18 months, should stay put until a federal judge approves the city’s restructuring plan.
When Mr Orr took office, the city was on its knees. Detroit lacked the money to pay its bills, much less to cover pension liabilities or healthcare obligations for retirees. In July 2013 Mr Orr filed the biggest municipal bankruptcy in American history....Continue reading