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    Detroit Bankruptcy Proposals

    Andrew Roth

    The city of Detroit filed for chapter 9 bankruptcy on July 18, 2013 — the largest U.S. Municipal bankruptcy in history. Detroit cannot fulfill debts to retirees and bondholders. The city’s decline also strains guarantees of public services and safety.

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    Who is Next? Emergency Managers and Loca …

    Evan Gross

    There are two court cases this week that are being closely watched by policymakers and citizens on both sides of the Emergency Manager debate. As the Emergency Management program continues with Muskegon Heights School District getting an Emergency Manager and the Pontiac School District starting the process with a preliminary ...

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    Policy Brief: Who's in Charge?

    Evan Gross

    April: It is now finally crunch time for Detroit. On Wednesday, Governor Snyder held a town hall meeting in Detroit to discuss what could turn out to be the defining issue of his term in office. The City will be in severe threat of bankruptcy unless some ...

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    Downtown Development Authority Farm Mark …

    Kathryn Rundblad

    In April of 2011, the Michigan Legislature was introduced to House Bill 4531; a piece of legislation, that, if enacted, would allow Downtown Development Authorities across the state to borrow and spend money to develop and improve local agricultural markets. For some areas this could mean a broadening of a current ...

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    Policy Brief: Pontiac and Detroit

    Evan Gross

    On their Friday night broadcast, NBC Nightly News featured the City of Pontiac in a special report on municipal fiscal crisis. Pontiac has been under emergency management by the state for nearly three years, losing 10% of its population in the last decade as the city’s employment base, and ...

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    Another Approach to Addressing Vacant St …

    Joseph D. Manzella, II

    Significant population loss since the mid-1960s has left an indelible mark on the fabric of neighborhoods in Flint, MI. With half the population it had in 1966, the city and county have turned to creative methods to reclaim broken neighborhoods and stabilize areas in the midst of a global credit crisis, ...

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    Act 4 and Financial Emergency Procedure …

    Evan Gross

    On the order of State Treasurer Andy Dillon, state officials arrived at Detroit’s City Hall earlier this week to conduct a preliminary review of the city’s finances. Acting under Public Act 4, which was passed in March, Dillon’s preliminary review is the first step in the process of determining ...

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    Policy Brief: Detroit and Flint in Finan …

    Evan Gross

    Mayor Dave Bing spoke face to face with Detroit last Wednesday night, laying out the city’s financial crisis and explaining the direction forward for the state’s largest city to retain its local control. This coming days after it was revealed that the city would run out of cash by ...

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    Meet Your Downtown Development Authority

    Evan Gross

    The downtown is a city’s focal point, geographically being a point where the major roads meet and people intersect. However, socially and economically, the downtown is what gives the city an identity. The health of any city is based upon the life of its downtown, because this ...

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    Detroit and its Neighborhoods

    Evan Gross

    Apart from Justin Verlander's pitching, much of the discussion this summer in Detroit has been on the Mayor's new [Short Term Intervention Strategy ] for the neighborhood revitalization initiative known as the Detroit Works Project. Mayor Dave Bing announced the Strategy in late July which takes a guarded ...

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    An Analysis of Governor Snyder's Communi …

    Peter Croce

    Continuing his "transform and consolidate government" mantra, Governor Snyder has proposed many new plans to reform previous legislation to encourage consolidation of economic development on a state or metropolitan level, rather than our current fragmented system. His ultimate goal is to create more than just a couple great Michigan cities, ...

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    Foreclosure Prevention

    Rebecca Mayer

    The economic recession has dealt homeowners with a devastating blow. As unemployment rates continue to remain the highest that they have in years, thousands of homes are being repossessed by lenders. Michigan residents have undoubtedly encountered the most troubling economic situation out of all of the states. With the highest unemployment ...

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    Housing Discrimination in Michigan Labor …

    P. Pamela Davies

    Housing discrimination occurs not only in conventional home sales and rentals, but also in farm labor housing camps- dwellings that are subsidized by Michigan agricultural employers. Low wages and rural farm locations force employers to provide housing for its workers, according to Michigan Department of Civil Rights (9). ...

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    Midwest Urban Policy: An Economic Compar …

    Corey Brown

    Over the past years the U.S. economy has taken a downturn in the world market as well as a focus in the media. Some of the places hit hardest by this economic trend are the nations cities. These cities make up 86% of employment as well as 90% of economic ...

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    Poverty and Urban Issues in Michigan

    Rebecca Mayer

      Living in poverty is an unfortunate reality to millions of people living in America. With the country in a recession, many have the fear of having their house foreclosed and losing everything. One of the states that have been hit the hardest is Michigan, which currently has the highest unemployment rate ...

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    The Bureau of Transportation Planning

    Corey Brown

    The Bureau of Transportation Planning (BTP) is one of six bureaus within the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).  The role of the BTP is to create and carry-out a process in which the trasportation system be changed according to programs and recommendations based on social, economic, and enviromental goals, such as ...

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    MSHDA

    Taylor Parker

    The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) was established in 1966 and is a program designed to provide technical and financial assistance to construct and maintain adequate and safe housing, address homeless issues, bring community members together for economic development, and to create effervescent and interesting communities. MSHDA is financed by ...

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    Michigan Main Street Center Revitalizes …

    Taylor Parker

    The Michigan Main Street Center (MMS) is a program of Specialized Technical Assistance and Revitalization Strategy (STARS) at MSHDA that makes it goal to revitalize and improve downtown areas throughout Michigan, including the redevelopment of residential, commercial, and other properties. STARS promotes downtown living in many areas, the cultural assets, and ...

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    Transportation Improvement Legislation

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    The House Transit Committee is currently reviewing a package of bills that will address how the state will pay for transportation infrastructure; the bills deal with mass transit and the possibility of local financing options. The three bills are to 1) create a tax increment finance authority, 2) create transit regionalization ...

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    Michael Raley is a fourth year Sociology and Public Administration/Public Policy student at Michigan State University. He is especially interested in the public policy, politics, and sociology of urban space, as well as transportation systems and public transit. A native of the Grand Rapids area, Michael is currently an intern in the office of State Representative Roy Schmidt, who represents the west and northeast sides of the city. He also aspires to pursue a career in urban and regional planning, and hopes to attend graduate school for such a course of study.