The judge, the emergency manager and the mayor always agreed on one aspect of the bankruptcy case: city services needed to improve for residents.
Here’s the progress — and setbacks — Detroit has made.

Explore Week 3


Detroit’s Chapter 9 case concluded with creative and sometimes controversial settlements. Here’s how they played out for pensioners, the regional water system, the Detroit Institute of Arts and others.

Explore Week 2


Detroit shed billions of dollars in debt through the bankruptcy filing.
What else happened to city government? Have residents noticed a difference?

Explore Week 1



Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later

The series “Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later” is presented by WDET with the partners of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC) to help audiences understand the continuing and future impacts of the city’s bankruptcy and recovery on residents, neighborhoods, city government and policymakers.

The DJC  journalists work across platforms — print, radio, television, digital — to best explain the case and what it means to the city and the region. Their work will be showcased as part of the free, community event “Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later” to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium, 450 Reuther Mall. Audience are invited to attend and ask questions of some of the key figures in the bankruptcy case. Learn more and RSVP.

Funding for this project is made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.

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