City Council approves Joe Louis Arena demolition
JLA to go.
Published: April 2, 2014
Even if it was only a hypothetical situation posed by the Legislative Policy Division, it’s worth mentioning how strapped for cash the city remains in some regards: As we reported last week, Mayor Mike Duggan’s team recently applied for a grant from the Knight Foundation to win funds for a new city website.
So it’s safe to say that extra $3.36 million could’ve helped, especially considering the city had to approve a plan to expand the DDA’s footprint to accommodate the new Red Wings arena, diverting potential significant taxable revenue for the entire city’s day-to-day operations.
Perhaps these are points that can be made when Detroit’s new arena is made obsolete and a proposal for the next one is on the table.
The court docket for Detroit’s historic bankruptcy case is filled with a never-ending stream of legalese and detailed plans that intend to reshape the fundamental structure of the city.
For city retirees, the impact of those plans may be immense: Under Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s currently proposed bankruptcy-exit plan, police and fire employees could lose as much as 10 percent of their monthly pension checks; for general employees, the loss could be as high as 34 percent.
Those who could be affected by such cuts have a unique opportunity in Detroit’s bankruptcy case to file a legal objection to Orr’s plan. And they’re making use of the chance to speak their minds; hundreds of those objections are wedged between filings from Detroit’s counsel, attorneys representing creditors, orders from the judge overseeing the case, and more.
Some are brief, handwritten calls for help that suggest Orr’s team hasn’t offered a clear resolution for the layman to understand; others deliver blow-by-blow heartbreaking stories about how such cuts could send them into poverty. Considering the objections are public documents for anyone to see, we figured, instead of letting them sit at the bottom of a court docket, it’d be worth offering them an additional platform to let their stories be known. We’ll do our best to publish a handful every Tuesday on our website. For now, here are a couple of examples of what to expect: It is simply a genuine snapshot of just how much of an impact Detroit’s bankruptcy is having.
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