Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Tours City Before Start of Trial

Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) -- The federal judge overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy case took a 58-mile tour of the insolvent city, less than two weeks before he begins a trial over its proposed debt-cutting plan.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes treated the Aug. 8 tour as an official court hearing, with a court reporter making a transcript of the event while lawyers supporting and opposing the plan rode along. The goings-on were taped by a videographer.

“The judge did not ask any questions,” court spokesman Rod Hansen said yesterday in a phone interview. The route was decided by the city after it had been reviewed by creditors who plan to fight the city during the trial that starts Aug. 21.

Robert Hertzberg, a bankruptcy attorney for the city, participated in the tour along with the former councilman Gary Brown, who now works for Mayor Mike Duggan.

Before the tour began, the judge sealed references to the route, the date and other details. In court he said he didn’t want the tour disrupted in case the plans became public before the event was over.

The city organized the tour as part of its presentation of evidence in support of the debt-cutting plan. The goal was to show Rhodes the challenges the city faces and what progress it has made so far.

During the tour, the judge saw some of the city’s older neighborhoods, including the blight-strewn Brightmoor area as well as the construction site of a streetcar line on Woodward Avenue in downtown, where redeveloped buildings have attracted new business.

Detroit filed for bankruptcy last year, saying decades of economic decline left it without enough revenue to provide basic services.

The trial is scheduled to conclude the fourth week of September.

The case is In re City of Detroit, 13-bk-53846, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit).

To contact the reporter on this story: Steven Church in Wilmington, Delaware at schurch3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Dunn at adunn8@bloomberg.net Sylvia Wier, Stephen West

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.