Thursday, July 18, 2013

Detroit files for bankruptcy

The city of Detroit filed for federal bankruptcy protection on Thursday afternoon, making the automobile capital and one-time music powerhouse the country's largest-ever municipal bankruptcy case.

  The case filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan came after Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager, failed to reach agreements with enough of the bondholders, pension funds and other creditors to restructure Detroit's debt outside of court. The final decision rested with Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who had appointed Mr. Orr as Detroit's overseer in March.

It was expected that the city would report long-term liabilities close to $20 billion. The city's assets were less clear, but Mr. Orr had called the city functionally insolvent and recently missed a payment to the city's pension system of nearly $40 million.

The financial outlook has never been bleaker for the Motor City, which has shrunk from its peak of nearly two million people in 1950 to 700,000 today.

[wonder if the market will go down tomorrow now]

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