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Broke? City increases management costs

As Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr takes the city through bankruptcy, many question the amount of money he spends on consultants and aides in both his office and the mayor's. It is estimated that at the end of the bankruptcy -- in five months, the city will have spent $62 million dollars on consultants. To date that number is at approximately $20 million. Orr's former firm Jones Day is contracted to mak ...

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Two Detroits? Gentrification.

Mostly, gentrification has to do with displacement. Wealthier residents move into a community, changing property values and culture. The changes push out residents who have lived and invested for years and generations. Some believe gentrification is — by definition — violent, and, undoubtedly in some cities, gentrification has been ruthless. San Francisco, Harlem, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C. are gentrifyi ...

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Orr wants Manhattan Institute fellow to evaluate his plan

Of all the people in America who might be considered a candidate to evaluate the effectiveness of Detroit’s so-called “plan of adjustment,” Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and a team of lawyers from his former law firm, Jones Day, suggested Harvard economist Edward L Glaeser. Glaeser’s name popped up after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes announced he is considering calling in an expert, or maybe several of ...

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Sell off DWSD, save cuts to pensions

Negotiators for Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and the police and fire retirees reached an agreement April 15 that now needs a vote of two-thirds of the retirees before it can be presented to bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes. Under the terms of the deal, the pensions of the civilian retirees will be cut 4.5 percent with no cost of living increases, sources say. Police and fire retirees will take no cuts but rece ...

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Detroit Raw

We love it if we can see it on a screen. HD TVs are going for street reasonable prices so we can see that “Scandal” sistah get it on with the white prez in high def, and smaller smart phone screens will do to sneak a peek at Mimi working it slippery-when-wet from a shower rod. Hey it’s not worth a post if it’s not moving on some kind of screen. President Barack Obama was in New York City in person before th ...

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A lawless Detroit and Michigan

Detroit is not safe. And we don’t say that to mean criminals are at every turn of the corner waiting to prey on their next victim. While that may be the case in some instances, the real harm is done by those who are in positions that are supposed to provide a secure and decent quality of life for residents — those that are entrusted with the public good do just the opposite. ...

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FBI probes Jenkins’ run for council president

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating the vote for Detroit City Council president. In January, Councilwoman Brenda Jones won the contested race for council leadership over the previous president, Saunteel Jenkins, in a 5-4 vote. Mainstream media reports give the impression Brenda Jones is the subject of the controversy. However, the Michigan Citizen has learned the alleged effort was to suppor ...

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Schauer calls for federal probe of Snyder’s office

Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate for governor, wants the U.S. Attorney to investigate Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration. During an interview with this paper March 27, Schauer said he thought it was appropriate for federal investigators to “look at what kind of favors were being done, if any.” ...

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Selling our city for a paycheck

There’s one group in Detroit city government that has been exempt from all the austerity measures leveled at others. This group has kept its salary intact; the auto is still free; the health insurance paid for; those two months a year of vacation waiting to be taken; the pension protected. Yes, their pension is protected. In fact, name any cut that has hit any other sector of city government and one group r ...

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