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Michigan's takeover of Detroit creates tension 02 Dec 2013 17:14 #1

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Clash between elected local officials and appointed state monitors creates tension in struggling city.

DETROIT — On Jan. 1, Detroit will swear in its first white mayor in 40 years. Usually that would be a significant turn in a city where eight of 10 residents are black. But the milestone will be diminished by the reality that this city is the largest in America where elected officials do not run their own government.

A Washington, D.C., lawyer, Kevyn Orr, is managing the day-to-day operations of the Detroit government for now and into the new year instead of Mayor-elect Mike Duggan and the Detroit City Council. Orr answers to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who in March appointed him as an "emergency manager" to steer the city through an unprecedented bankruptcy.

Michigan's election-year intervention in Detroit points up a collateral effect of a state takeover: the loss of control by a government's leaders whom residents elected to deliver their services. Nineteen states have enacted laws allowing the state government to step in and help a financially distressed city, but only a handful are as aggressive as Michigan, which has taken over seven cities and three school districts since 2007.

The perceived trampling of democratic rights often creates tension between the state and city, which disillusions many residents in places such as Detroit. The current mayor, Dave Bing, and five of nine city council members did not seek re-election Nov. 5, when 25% of registered voters came out for the municipal election.

"I feel like we have lost our democracy," said Gail Craig, 57, of Detroit, a General Motors consultant. "I know a lot of people who said they weren't voting in the election because they said it wouldn't matter anyway."

www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/02/stateline-michigan-detroit-takeover/3802943/
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Michigan's takeover of Detroit creates tension 02 Dec 2013 18:53 #2

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I suspect the white population have also been busily buying up the $1 houses that were all over the city. As well as a white mayor, they might have to get used to white landlords too.

It was a complete "con". Quite literally, a whitewash.
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Michigan's takeover of Detroit creates tension 04 Dec 2013 21:07 #3

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What Bankruptcy Means for Detroit

City officials hope a judge’s ruling allowing bankruptcy will release Detroit from the grip of creditors and move it toward recovery. (vid)

news.yahoo.com/video/bankruptcy-means-detroit-123643099.html
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