Sinking under huge debts and decades of mismanagement, Detroitformally filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, becoming the biggest US city ever to take such a drastic measure.
Kevyn Orr, Detroit's emergency manager, took the decision after failing to broker a deal between the city's bondholders and its pension funds.

The filing sets a new record for municipal bankruptcies and dwarfs the previous record filings by Jefferson County, Alabama, and Stockton, California. No other city of Detroit's size has ever gone bust.
Orr and the city's creditors and pensioners will now begin a fraught legal consultation period while a court determines whether the city is eligible for "chapter 9" bankruptcy protection for its $18.5bn debts and liabilities.
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Detroit has become the largest city in American history to file for bankruptcy. Kevin Orr, a bankruptcy expert hired by the state of Michigan in March to try and lead the Motor City away from a fiscal cliff, submitted the filing on Thursday, reported the AP.
On the same day, Michigan governor Rick Snyder laid out the case in support of Chapter 9 protection, saying that the “decision comes in the wake of 60 years of decline for the city.”
Detriot files for bankruptcy
Snyder said that despite the “best efforts” by Detroit’s Office of the Emergency Manager, the city was unable to reach a restructuring plan with its debtors – leaving more than $18 billion in outstanding debts.
We must face the fact that the city cannot and is not paying its debts as they come due, and is insolvent,” added Snyder.
The city of Detroit lost a quarter-million residents between 2000 and 2010, reports the AP. Boasting a population of 1.8 million in the 1950s, the municipality is now struggling to stay above 700,000 residents. An estimated 78,000 structures are currently abandoned in the city and unemployment has tripled since 2000 and, at roughly 15 percent of the population, is currently double the national average.
In addition to a severe loss of population, the city faces a host of issues hampering its economic recovery including a 47 per cent delinquency rate on property taxes and a murder rate at its highest in nearly 40 years. Detroit’s tax rates are already at their ‘legal limits,’ while city expenditures have surpassed revenue for six consecutive years.
According to Orr’s Thursday letter, negotiated settlements with the city’s creditors are not possible outside of bankruptcy “given the vast and fragmented pool of potential creditors.”
In June Orr met with some 180 bond insurers, pension trustees, union representatives and an assortment of creditors and asked them to take about 10 cents on the dollar for the city’s debt, reports the AP.
The Washington-based bankruptcy attorney hired by Michigan in March had said then that the chances of bankruptcy for Detroit were 50-50.
“The average Detroiter has to understand this is a culmination of years and years of kicking the can down the road,” Orr said.
Detroit had for years relied on borrowing and deferred payments to its pension funds to keep the city afloat.
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  1. I wonder what the effect of the bankruptcy is to the existing investments or businesses in the City. Will it still be able to continue its operations now that the government is in shambles?

  2. This could be the rip that will tear the fabric of the country apart. The United States of America is kicking the can down the road by borrowing from the Federal Reserve Bank, and deferring payment of the National Deficit. It is a problem throughout the country as a whole.



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