Detroit residents fear city services will crumble after Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing

By Kevin Dietz, Local 4 Defenders, @KDietzLocal4
Published On: Jul 19 2013 05:51:20 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 19 2013 06:50:53 PM EDT
DETROIT -

With all that debt in the city residents wonder what impact the new Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing will have on city services that are already stretched thin, like police and fire.

"It has been a travesty to see how the financial affairs of the city have been so corrupted," said Detroit resident Cortez Myers.

People living in Detroit are very concerned, they worry crime will go up as retirees lose their pension payouts.

It takes police more than 50 minutes now to respond and residents worry what will happen next.

"There's enough police out here on the streets to keep everybody safe so no one has to come here to the transit center and worry about their safety, said another Detroit resident.

The busses don't always come and go on time and there are fewer routes. Residents are worried.

"I have to catch the bus to go to work, so if I don't get to work on time, you know I depend on the City of Detroit," said Rachel Thomas.

Too many lights don't work in the city, many homes are burned down and garbage especially illegal dumping isn't always picked up; again residents worry.

"Whoa Gratiot and Chene, look in front of those bus stops they got cans, bottles and everything just piled up," said Detroit resident Lou Rankins.

The emergency financial manager says he hears residents and assures them that sweepers are still sweeping, flowers are being planted and police and fire won't be touched.

Orr says the commitment stands and every city service is safe and not only will it continue, but it will improve.

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