Detroit starts down the road to recovery, respect

Nov 9, 2014 10:39 AM by News Staff

DETROIT (AP) - The largest U.S. city to endure bankruptcy has exited insolvency $7 billion lighter in debt and with hopes of improving itself.

Detroit's long-term fiscal recovery plan was approved Friday by a bankruptcy judge and calls for $1.7 billion to remove blight and fix city services over the next 10 years.

The city will spend $420 million to raze vacant houses and clear lots; $167 million for new police, fire and EMS vehicles; and $715 million to hire and train workers and for other general upgrades.

Bishop White hopes to soon see the benefit of it trickle down to his neighborhood.

The 67-year-old lives in one of only four occupied houses on his west side block and says if the money is "going to better everything," he's for the plan.

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