first anniversary of its bankruptcy filing this Friday, and across the country, people are watching the city to see how it has survived the upheaval.
Despite pending cuts for pensioners, as well as widespread poverty, sobering health and violence
statistics and a declining population, Detroiters have expressed
cautious optimism about recent changes, which include greater
investments in development, promises to improve city services and an ambitious plan to eliminate urban blight.
largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history has also stirred up
interest in success stories. Though no one person will fix Detroit, some
people have received well-deserved attention for their work to improve
the city. A New York Times article last month highlighted hot spots in the Corktown neighborhood, and a story in the same paper earlier this year heralded small businesses.
But something's missing from those pieces, and from many other articles that examine the city's resurgence: black Detroiters, who make up 83 percent of the population.
that claim entrepreneurs are building, revitalizing and even saving
Detroit focus primarily on white professionals, often younger and new
transplants to the city, a trend that's palpable and frustrating for locals. When journalists and readers criticized the Times for leaving blacks out of its Corktown story, the paper's public editor addressed the lack of diversity in a follow-up, and the writer said she regretted not including a black-owned business. (A more recent Times story takes a wider-ranging view.)
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