Posted Friday, July 19th 2013 @ 11am by John Johnson, Newser Staff
(NEWSER) – The emergency manager who filed Detroit's historic bankruptcy today says residents don't have to worry about basic services getting cut in the interim, reports WXYZ. "Nothing changes from the standpoint of the average citizen's perspective," says Kevyn Orr. At a joint news conference, Mayor Dave Bing added, "Now that we're here, we have to make the best of it." Some other odds and ends:
- Close call: The bankruptcy was filed at 4:06pm, a mere 5 minutes before a judge convened an emergency hearing to consider a request from the city's pension boards to block such a filing, reports the Detroit News. "It was my intention to grant you your request completely," said the judge.
- Detroit Free Press editorial: It's too bad Orr and the city's creditors couldn't reach a deal. And, who knows, this may force one. "Either way, the pieces are finally in place for a definitive resolution of the disputes that have held Detroit hostage to its legacy of fiscal mismanagement. That’s something to look forward to on this rainiest of days in Detroit’s darkest summer."
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