We begin with the people at the political center of the city’s bankruptcy: Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, ’83; newly elected Mayor Mike Duggan, also ’83; and Gov. Rick Snyder, ’82, who, among other roles he has played in the city, appointed Orr. We also include a profile of Judge Steven Rhodes, ’73, both an alumnus and a lecturer at the Law School; many observers say he has just the right background and temperament to oversee the bankruptcy proceedings in federal court. Next you’ll read about another era in which Detroit was threatened with hard times, and another U-M alumnus who helped to steer its turnaround. And you’ll learn about one of the exonerees of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, who may be the city’s most unlikely unsecured creditor.
The full picture in the city remains mixed. But Mayor Duggan makes this promise:
“The change has started and the change in Detroit is real.”