Jul 22, 2013

Governor says he won't ask for federal bailout

Michigan’s governor said Sunday he would not seek a U.S. government bailout for Detroit, saying bankruptcy was a necessary path to rebuild the once great American auto city. “And I don’t expect one. I’ve said before that the state cannot bail out the city ...

Detroit renews urban policy debate

| Jul 20, 2013

Detroit renews urban policy debate

by Dan Balz

A national urban policy would not have saved Detroit, but the city’s bankruptcy filing Thursday was a vivid reminder of how the problems of America’s cities have long ceased to be a focal point of the political debate in presidential campaigns or on Capitol ...

A native son's grim account of hard-luck lives

Mar 3, 2013

A native son's grim account of hard-luck lives

by Jeffrey Burke

DETROIT: An American Autopsy, by Charlie LeDuff. Penguin Press, 2013, 286 pp., $27.95 (hardcover) Charlie LeDuff’s “Detroit: An American Autopsy” is a hard-eyed look at some of the recent villains and victims of a city battered for half a century by political corruption, racial strife ...