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Sep

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Bloomberg: Deal in the works to keep Orr

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s tenure could end Sept. 27, according to state law, because after that date, the city council can vote to remove him. But City Councilman George Cushingberry told Bloomberg News there is a deal to keep him while the city’s bankruptcy case progresses. It’s a result of negotiations between Orr, Mayor Mike […]

22

Sep

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Today’s Hearing on Water Shutoffs

Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is holding an evidentiary hearing today to help him decide whether he should order a halt to the water shutoffs in the city for people with unpaid bills. Here’s what’s happening in the courtroom.

19

Sep

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Bankruptcy Court: A preview of the water shutoff hearing

Detroit’s bankruptcy trial is postponed for a week but Judge Steven Rhodes is holding a hearing Monday on the issue of water shut offs. Here’s why: In July, he heard from several people objecting to the city’s Plan of Adjustment. Some of them complained about the cancellation of water service to customers with unpaid bills, […]

19

Sep

2014

Sandra Svoboda

The Water Deal: How it is coming together

As part of the bankruptcy mediation, the city, Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties and the state reached an agreement for a regional water system: The Great Lakes Water Authority. Today, the Detroit City Council approved the deal in a 7-2 vote. Council President Brenda Jones and Member Mary Sheffield voted against the arrangement, citing the […]

18

Sep

2014

Sandra Svoboda

On Detroit Today: How will a post-bankruptcy Detroit look?

Guest host Bankole Thompson leads a panel discussion about branding Detroit in the post-bankruptcy era. Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at St. John’s University Michael Indergaard and the CEO of The Parade Company, Tony Michaels, discuss the challenges and opportunities for Detroit’s image in the future.

17

Sep

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Day 11: Detroit’s Bankruptcy Trial

Testimony today includes discussion of what would happen if the art were to be sold. “We would be in litigation to protect the collection. We hold the collection in trust and we consider that to be an obligation we cannot shirk and if it means fighting legally for it, we would,” says DIA COO Annmarie Erickson.

17

Sep

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Witness Ron Bloom and Detroit: He’s been here before…

Ron Bloom testified today in the city’s bankruptcy trial as the financial consultant for the Official Committee of Retirees. The city’s Chapter 9 is not the first time Bloom has been involved in “Detroit” restructuring — except that the last time it was the “Detroit” defined as the auto industry and Big Three automakers instead […]

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Next 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.

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