In this Aug. 18, 2009, aerial photo is downtown Pittsburgh located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers on the north side of Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Blue-collar workers poured into the cavernous auto plants of Detroit for generations, confident that a sturdy back and strong work ethic would bring them a house, a car and economic security. It was a place where the American dream came true. It came true in cities across the industrial heartland, from Chicago’s meatpacking plants to the fire-belching steel mills of Cleveland and Pittsburgh. It came true for decades, as manufacturing brought prosperity to big cities in states around the Great Lakes and those who called them home. Detroit was the affluent capital, a city with its own emblematic musical sound and a storied union movement that drew Democratic presidential candidates to Cadillac Square every four years to kick off their campaigns at Labor Day rallies.
The Detroit skyline rises behind the Monument to Joe Louis, also known as "The Fist," Thursday, July 18, 2013. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge permission to place Detroit into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) WASHINGTON (AP) — During the bleakest days of the Great Recession, Congress agreed in bipartisan votes to bail out two of Detroit’s biggest businesses, General Motors and Chrysler. Today, however, there seems little appetite from either Democrats or Republicans in Washington for a federal rescue of the birthplace of the automobile industry. Detroit now stands as the largest American city ever to file for bankruptcy protection.
The sun sets on Detroit, Thursday, July 18, 2013. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge for permission to place Detroit into…
by Bankole ThompsonMichigan Chronicle Senior EditorThe leadership challenges facing Detroit are begging for answers that are hard to find in this town. Because failed political leadership, accompanied by an enabling resistant culture, is the order of the day, and people for so long have not demanded much from those who have been guardians of the status quo at city hall, it is difficult to believe that the current crop of candidates running for mayor and city council have answers for a city that is on the brink of bankruptcy and serious financial reform.
Dignitaries at the front of the Freedom Walk include, left to right, Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP; Martin Luther King, III; Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network, Roslyn Brock, chairman of the NAACP; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; and Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow Push Coalition Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, John T. Greilick) DETROIT (AP) — Thousands participated in a Detroit march commemorating the 50th anniversary of one that Martin Luther King Jr. led in 1963. The walk down Woodward Avenue on Saturday morning culminated in a riverfront rally at Hart Plaza. The civil rights icon visited Detroit on June 23, 1963, to lead tens of thousands in a freedom walk and also previewed his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, was shot and killed May 16, 2010, by a shot from a Detroit police officer during a raid of a Detroit home in search of a murder suspect. (AP Photo/Family Photo via The Detroit News) DETROIT (AP) — Police accompanied by a reality TV crew fired a stun grenade through a window as they raided a Detroit home in search of a murder suspect. A gunshot then went off inside, fatally striking a 7-year-old girl in the head while she slept on a couch.
Kevin KEVYN ORR (AP Photo/Detroit News, Elizabeth Conley) by Bankole ThompsonKevyn Orr, Detroit’s emergency financial manager, unfazed by criticisms and mounting opposition, opens up to Michigan Chronicle editor Bankole Thompson in this exclusive sit-down interview about the difficult choices ahead for the city while sharing some of the city’s debt numbers. Orr said he is not an elected official bound to public opinion and that it is time to change course if the city is expected to make any progress. The future of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s comments about Orr are two of the hot button issues discussed in the interview.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speaks to Detroit City Council on May 17, in Detroit. Farrakhan said it’s time for his movement to join others to invest in the struggling city where it was founded more than 80 years ago. He called on residents and religious leaders to “pool their resources” to buy distressed properties and create economic opportunities. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) DETROIT (AP) — A leading national Jewish civil rights group criticized Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Wednesday for making anti-Semitic statements at a Detroit church appearance and called on a Michigan congressman and other leaders in attendance to condemn the remarks.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speaks to Detroit City Council on May 17, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) by Jeff Karoub DETROIT (AP) —…