US city on verge of state takeover

Michigan seeks to bypass Detroit politicians and appoint emergency financial manager for city saddled with $14bn debt.

    Time is running out for politicans in Detroit trying to avoid a plan being imposed on them, to prevent the city from going bankrupt.

    Detroit was once known as Motown, the centre of the US car industry and the heart of American soul music. But now the city is in more than $14bn debt, after it suffered a dramatic depopulation.

    During the past 50 years the number of people living there has halved.

    Detriot is in Michigan and the state wants to bypass the city's politicans, to appoint an emergency financial manager who would have the power to sell assets and rewrite contracts.

    The city has already taken measures to avoid going bust - by cutting employees' salaries and laying off public workers.

    Al Jazeera's Diane Eastabrook reports from Detroit.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Death at the dinner table

    Death at the dinner table

    Blake Sifton was born to a family of funeral directors. He explores the prevalence of mental illness in the profession.

    Assessing Trump: Is the president fit for office?

    Assessing Trump: Is the president fit for office?

    Experts discuss President Trump's mental state - and his effect on others.

    Why did Raila Odinga withdraw from the election rerun?

    Why did Raila Odinga withdraw from the election rerun?

    Odinga's withdrawal will not make Uhuru Kenyatta president. But it will give more time to prepare for the new vote.