While the true cost of Detroit's bankruptcy won't be known likely for months, one local media outlet has jumpstarted its investigation into at least a preliminary estimate of the total bill for taxpayers. WXYZ-Channel 7's Jim Kiertzner, an investigative reporter, and Adam Brewster, a producer, have been reviewing thousands of pages of attorneys fees and expenses charged to the city in the case. Here's what they've found so far...
"Got a problem? You ought to know who to call.” Bridge Magazine's Phil Powers heard Mike Duggan say that two summers ago when he was running for Detroit mayor. "Although campaign rhetoric, it sounded like a simple and common-sense way to think about running a city," Powers remembers. But what Powers says he didn’t then understand was that Duggan was hinting at what may be a very important structural reform for long-term progress in what is still Michigan’s largest city. Here's what's happened since.
Here's our live blog of the news conference following Judge Steven Rhodes's approval of the city's Plan of Adjustment. Hear from U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen, Gov. Rick Snyder, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones.
“Detroit’s bankruptcy is unprecedented in many ways, and the state and federal power exercised in the process remains mostly untested,” writes the Michigan Citizen. “The media has chosen a comeback narrative for the city — news of investment, a burgeoning small business class, and younger, mostly white people, relocating to downtown and a few other neighborhoods.” Here’s another view.
The state’s largest city has been given the green light to exit bankruptcy, and now the work of efficiently running the city and revitalizing neighborhoods is moving forward. On this week’s MiWeek, the team takes a close look at the city of Detroit.
Detroit won’t be quite ready to exit bankruptcy until next month, city lawyers told Judge Steven Rhodes at a hearing Monday. Judge Rhodes has already approved the city’s bankruptcy restructuring plan. But the city must still complete a couple steps before it officially leaves Chapter 9.
Detroit’s Financial Review Commission, created by the “grand bargain” legislation, holds its second meeting Friday. The agenda includes reviewing budget timelines and the city’s Plan of Adjustment. The panel also will discuss audit activities. The nine-member group plans to meet at 9 a.m. in the Michigan Gaming Control Board Meeting Room at 3062 W. Grand […]
A judge is allowing a challenge to Michigan’s emergency manager law to go forward in federal court in Detroit. Filed last year, the lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the law on the grounds that it violates rights of due process, voting and representative government under the U.S. Constitution. Defendants in the case are Gov. Rick […]
WXYZ-TV7′s Jim Kiertzner and Adam Brewster are digging through bills from bankruptcy attorneys and reporting on what they’re finding. They join Laura in the studio, along with WDET’s bankruptcy reporter and Next Chapter Detroit blogger Sandra Svoboda to break down the findings and discuss who spent what, and more importantly, why they did it.
While the true cost of Detroit’s bankruptcy won’t be known likely for months, one local media outlet has jumpstarted its investigation into at least a preliminary estimate of the total bill for taxpayers. WXYZ-Channel 7′s Jim Kiertzner, an investigative reporter, and Adam Brewster, a producer, have been reviewing thousands of pages of attorneys fees and expenses charged to the city in the case. Here’s what they’ve found so far…
AboutNext Chapter Detroit is a place to explore and understand the city’s bankruptcy, its impact on people and neighborhoods and its long-term implications. Powered by coverage and conversations from the media outlets of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, the site provides fact-based reporting from trusted sources and opportunities for citizen engagement.
WDET’s Sandra Svoboda is your site guide. A veteran Detroit journalist and 24-year area resident, she’ll share stories, add insight and ask questions to help decode the bankruptcy process and the city’s restructuring.