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Orr’s focus: Balance sheet, crime

For the first time since his appointment by Gov. Rick Snyder in March 2013, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr agreed to sit for an interview with the Michigan Citizen. Orr’s interpersonal and logical skills were evident in the nearly one-and-a-half hour interview. Throughout, he reveals a view of the role of government that places an emphasis on accounting. Orr believes his work should be focused nearly s ...

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Tests show Snyder’s EAA, a failure

Gov. Rick Snyder’s experimental school district, the Education Achievement Authority, is a failure. Release of test data by Michigan Department of Education reveals the EAA is failing not only the “failing” students it was created to serve, but it is failing students who previously were proficient. Tom Pedroni, Director of the Detroit Data and Democracy Project and Associate Professor for Curriculum Studies ...

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Evil consequences

This week Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr visited the Michigan Citizen. We had a wide-ranging discussion about his role as emergency manager, his understanding of the development of the city, and his hopes for the future. The Citizen staff developed questions, intended to give our readers an opportunity to hear from Mr. Orr. We chose not to debate him, but to guide his conversation into areas that affect all of ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Taras, the Ukrainian freedom fighter undaunted by Russians. Tamika, a Black woman totally disrespected at a Detroit Shell gas station but standing strong against big oil bullying. Both are Facebook friends of mine separated by thousands upon thousands of miles. Their fervor for justice appeared on the smart phone screen as I scanned my newsfeed to see what Facebook friends were posting. Hmmm, that Shell gas ...

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GRIM ‘FUTURE CITY’ FOR POOR NEIGHBORHOODS

Don’t wait for the street lights to come on because they will not — in certain neighborhoods. Nor will there be any kind of infrastructure investment in the neighborhoods written off by Detroit Future City planners. Instead, there will be forests and storm water retention ponds, limited public transportation, and only those residents who brave it out. So residents don’t have to worry about being relocated, ...

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Action to fight bankruptcy restructuring underway

A standing-room-only audience at the Central United Methodist Church came out March 2 after a snow storm to participate in an emergency town hall meeting designed to respond to Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s Plan of Adjustment. The event was planned by a coalition of organizations fighting the state’s Emergency Manager Law and Detroit’s EM-led bankruptcy. The organizations involved included the Morat ...

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Charting new ground in Flint

Anyone at all familiar with Michigan’s Emergency Manager law knows the people who were handed control of municipalities and school districts facing financial crises have extraordinary power. In fact, the law goes even further than many realize, creating the possibility that residents of cities under emergency management may emerge from state control with a completely revamped form of local government impose ...

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Loan Board sides with EM in sale of Southwestern

The law is the law, but not always — especially when emergency management is involved, or so members of the elected Detroit Board of Education discovered Feb. 28 in a hearing before the state’s Emergency Loan Board on the future of the former Southwestern High school building, a Detroit public school. Southwestern sits close to the new bridge, the New International Trade Crossing, planned by Gov Rick Snyder ...

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