Detroit emergency manager files bankruptcy

Detroit emergency manager files bankruptcy

Detroit emergency manager files bankruptcy

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by Associated Press

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Posted on July 18, 2013 at 1:23 PM

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit has become the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy.

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr on Thursday asked a federal judge permission to place the city into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

If approved, the filing would allow Orr to liquidate city assets to satisfy a host of creditors and city pensioners lined up to recoup losses from bad bond investments and unpaid contracts.

A number of factors -- most notably steep population and tax base falls -- have been blamed on Detroit's tumble toward insolvency.

Detroit lost a quarter-million residents between 2000 and 2010.

Orr was unable to convince enough creditors, bondholders and employee pension representatives to accept pennies on the dollar as he attempted a fiscal restructuring of Detroit.
 

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