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Kevyn Orr: How Detroit Can Rise Again
Wall Street Journal, by Allysia Finley

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/3/2013 6:06:05 AM

Detroit- What do northwest Washington, D.C., South Beach Miami and upper Manhattan have in common? Less than 50 years ago, the now vibrant communities didn´t look much different from most of Detroit, says emergency manager Kevyn Orr—whom Gov. Rick Snyder tapped in March to revive the broken Motor City. This is what gives him hope that Detroit can stage a comeback. "D.C. in ´91 was still burned out from the 1968 riots," recalls the youthful 55-year-old attorney who worked for 22 years in D.C., at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Resolution Trust Corporation, Justice Department and Jones Day law firm.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: samnj, 8/3/2013 7:22:57 AM     (No. 9456068)

Orr is mistaken. The urban areas he mentions were bad, but nowhere as bad as Detroit is. One could see the potential in those places (and others) 50 years ago; Detroit? It´s finished.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: valinva, 8/3/2013 7:56:20 AM     (No. 9456092)

Mr Orr, DC had the considerable advantage of being the seat of government. Along with the multi-thousands of high paying government jobs there are thousands more high paying jobs for consultants, lobbyists and blood lawyers like yourself. Then there is the Federal payment DC gets every year. Yet, there are still areas of DC that are dangerous and Detroit-like where no white man would dare to go after dark. So, unless you are planning on moving the government to Detroit, there will be no rise from the ashes.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: djcdjc, 8/3/2013 8:01:35 AM     (No. 9456100)

Facilitate a global, Black studies center...........

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Reply 4 - Posted by: arcady, 8/3/2013 9:21:55 AM     (No. 9456240)

Fittingly, the Obama Library should be located there. It could be the catalyst!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bluehouse, 8/3/2013 12:01:22 PM     (No. 9456477)

The one thing northwest Washington, D.C., South Beach Miami and upper Manhattan have in common is location. All three places have exceptionally valuable locations that Detroit does not have now and will not have in the future.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 8/3/2013 1:23:34 PM     (No. 9456623)

As he says at the end, the city will eventually be managed again by city council and the mayor. As long as residents keep voting for liberal Democrats it will never be successful.

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