Meet the man who orchestrated Detroit’s astonishing revival

As emergency manager of the City of Detroit from March 2013 to December of 2014, Orr oversaw the largest and most complicated municipal bankruptcy proceeding in the nation’s history. He helped the city restructure $18 billion in debt, reduce overall debt by $7 billion, as well as implement a $1.7 billion revitalization plan for city services.

Raphael Bostic, director of the USC Bedrosian Center who led the discussion with Orr, noted that many cities – including Los Angeles – should heed the warning and example set by Detroit.

In Visions of Future Detroit, Don’t Forget Services

Sept 9, 2013 – by Jeremy Loudenback
In July, the city of Detroit found itself in trouble again, attracting the headlines that have earned it an ugly reputation for urban and social dysfunction. After he was appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Kevyn D. Orr, the city’s non elected emergency manager, decided to file for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy protection. It was hardly a surprising turn of events for many longtime observers of the city, who have seen it held up as the epitome of all the worst fears of modern American cities …