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I have spent my entire professional life engaged in cities: as an undergraduate student in urban affairs; a graduate student in urban policy analysis: a staffer for the Lindsay Administration in New York; as a program analyst for a Philadelphia civic organization; as a political campaign manager; as a municipal financial advisor; as a candidate for mayor of Philadelphia; as a CEO for a business civic organization; and as a documentary filmmaker. The opportunity to tell the story of Detroit’s descent into fiscal and service insolvency and through its historic and unprecedented bankruptcy was one I did not want to miss.

 

While serving as Chair of the Board of Pennsylvania’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, a state created body with responsibility for oversight of Philadelphia’s finances, I began monitoring the fiscal distress that was making bankruptcy a real possibility in Detroit.  I had spent 25 years of my professional career as a financial advisor to state and local governments across the country while serving as CEO