October 22, 2014
by Valerie Howell
A group of UN human rights experts on Monday implored the city of Detroit to make access to water and adequate housing more affordable, classifying these as basic human rights. The recommendations were made after a two-day visit to the city of Detroit, where UN experts noticed the negative effect ...[read more]
September 20, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Detroit City Council on Friday approved a deal to lease the city's water and sewage department to a new regional authority as part of the city's continuing effort to exit bankruptcy. After a 7-2 vote, the council approved creation of the Great Lakes Water Authority, which will allow the city ...[read more]
June 30, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Harris v. Quinn that the state cannot require home health care workers to pay union fees. The court stopped short of overruling its 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which held that state employees who choose not to join a public-sector ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Three UN rights experts on Wednesday condemned the city of Detroit's Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) disconnection of water services for failure to pay due to lack of means as a violation of human rights. The experts' criticism comes in response to a report submitted by the Detroit People's ...[read more]
April 16, 2014
by Bethany Fisher
JURIST Guest Columnist David Hommel, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2014, is the author of the ninth article in a ten-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Hommel discusses false identification of military personnel who have engaged ...[read more]
April 10, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Mediators involved in the city of Detroit bankruptcy proceedings announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal on over $388 million in bonds. The city will pay 74 cents for each dollar. The deal would eliminate only a small fraction of the $18 billion owed by Detroit and still requires the ...[read more]
March 26, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday granted an extension of a temporary hold on a Detroit federal judge's ruling in DeBoer v. Michigan that struck down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban. The court granted the stay in light of the US Supreme Court's issuance of a stay in a ...[read more]
February 10, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On July 18, 2013, the city of Detroit, Michigan filed a petition declaring Chapter 9 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division. Detroit's attempt to declare bankruptcy briefly came to a halt on July 22, 2013, when Michigan Circuit ...[read more]
February 10, 2014
by Neil Devlin
Detroit's population was over 1.8 million residents in 1950, and it held the fifth spot on the list of America's most populous cities. That was the peak of the city's population. In fact its population has seen a decline in every census thereafter. Detroit lost over half of its population in the ...[read more]
February 10, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Detroit, Michigan, the historic epicenter of US automotive manufacturing, was once a beacon of industrial prosperity. The "Motor City" was synonymous with automative giants, such as GM, Ford and Chrysler. In recent decades, however, Detroit has seen significant decreases in both population and ...[read more]

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