Detroit seeing upgrades ahead of bankruptcy trial

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Associated Press

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 20 at 11:01 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Efforts to improve Detroit have not idled over the past year as the city put plans in place to restructure billions of dollars in debt during bankruptcy.

Neighborhoods are being relit, its vacant homes are being sold off or torn down, its public transportation is cleaner and more often on schedule and the city has renegotiated some burdensome union contracts.

Emergency manager spokesman Bill Nowling says those changes will be part of the arguments made before federal Judge Steven Rhodes when Detroit's bankruptcy trial begins in August. Nowling says the city also will show Rhodes more of what needs to be done.

Rhodes also will consider the results of votes by thousands of creditors on the city's restructuring plan. Those results are expected to be disclosed Monday.

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