Chapter 9 Mile

  • Aired:  07/22/13
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From a safe distance, the media reports on Detroit's bankruptcy proceedings. (4:36)

ALL THAT TOMORROW.

BUT FIRST, FROM NEWS OF BIRTH

OVERSEAS TO NEWS OF DEATH BACK

HERE IN THE U.S.

>> IT HAS BEEN LONG FEARED.

THIS MORNING IT IS REALITY IN

DETROIT.

THE MOTOR CITY FILED FOR CHAPTER

9 PROTECTION YESTERDAY.

>> MO TOWN IS SINGING THE BLUES.

TOWN TONIGHT IS NO TOWN.

AMERICA'S MOTOR CITY RUNS OUT

OF GAS.

>> John: WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, DOES

THAT TONE SEEM APPROPRIATE TO

ANYONE?

A MAJOR AMERICAN CITY HAS

DECLARED BANKRUPTCY WITH

DEVASTATING HUMAN COSTS.

MAYBE PUMP THE BRAKES ON THE CAR

A LITTLE BIT.

IF CHICAGO WENT BANKRUPT, WOULD

YOU SAY THE WINDY CITY JUST LEFT

OUT ITS FINAL FART?

NO, YOU WOULDN'T.

IF HOUSTON HAD A DEVASTATING

EARTHQUAKE WOULD YOU START BY

SAYING, "HOUSTON, WE HAVE A

PROBLEM."

THE PROBLEM IS YOUR BUILDINGS

ARE COLLAPSING AND THERE ARE

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TRAPPED UNDER

THE RUBBLE.

NO, THIS IS NO PLACE FOR JOKES

AND PUNS APART FROM THIS ONE.

THAT'S TOP NOTCH.

THIS IS OUR JOB.

JUST THE ONE BRIGHT SIDE IS THAT

DETROIT MIGHT GET A LITTLE

ECONOMIC BOOST FROM ALL THOSE

REPORTERS FLOCKING TO IT TO

COVER THE STORY, RIGHT?

>> MIKE TOBIN LIVE IN CHICAGO

WITH THE NEWS.

MIKE, A DRAMATIC AFTERNOON IN

DETROIT.

>> WHETHER THAT'S CHAP TERM 9

HOW THEY GO TO THE MOTIONS I

DON'T KNOW BUT JEFF LOCK DOES.

HE'S RIGHT NEAR DETROIT IN

CHICAGO.

>> John: REALLY?

CHICAGO.

SO YOU HAVE REPORTERS TAKE GUN

FIRE IN WAR ZONES ALL OVER THE

WORLD.

YOU'VE HAD THEM GEAR GASSED

DURING PROTESTS.

YOU'VE FORCED THEM TO TAKE 200

MILES AN HOUR WINDS TO THE FACE

DURING STORMS BUT APPARENTLY

HAVING THEM STAND ON A CORNER IN

DOWNTOWN DETROIT, OH, THAT IS

JUST TOO DANGEROUS AN

ASSIGNMENT.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

TELL THAT EXACTLY... EXACTLY HOW

ARE THINGS IN DETROIT?

>> THE DETROIT HAS LOST MORE

THAN 237,000 RESIDENTS IN THE

PAST DECADE.

>> 78,000 CITY STRUCTURES HAVE

BEEN AABANDONNED.

>> 50% OF THE PARKS CLOSED IN

2008.

40% OF THE STREET LIGHTS DON'T

WORK.

>> THIS IS A CITY THAT IS CLOSED

100 SCHOOLS SINCE 2004.

>> FOLKS IN DETROIT WAIT AN

AVERAGE OF 58 MINUTES FOR POLICE

TO RESPOND.

THAT'S COMPARED TO THE NATIONAL

AVERAGE OF 11 MINUTES.

>> John: IT TAKES 58 MINUTES FOR

THE POLICE TO COME.

SO WAIT.

HOLD ON.

IF YOU GET SHOT IN DETROIT, YOU

CAN GET A PIZZA FASTER THAN YOU

CAN GET A COP.

IN FACT MAYBE THAT'S THE ONLY

WAY TO SURVIVE THERE.

HEY, DOMINOES I WOULD LIKE ONE

LARGE PIZZA WITH TWO POLICEMEN

AND A SIDE OF PARAMEDICS,

PLEASE.

AND CAN YOU STUFF THE CRUST WITH

GAUZE BECAUSE I'M BLEEDING

TERRIBLY.

THANK YOU.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

NOW LOOK.

DETROIT HAS NOT BEEN IN A GOOD

WAY FOR DECADES.

BUT THIS BANKRUPTCY STILL CAME

AT A SURPRISE ESPECIALLY SINCE

THE CITY RECENTLY HIRED KEVYN

ORR AS EMERGENCY MANAGER TO

AVOID THIS SITUATION.

>> WHEN HE CAME INTO THE CITY

BACK IN LATE MARCH THE GOAL WAS

TO TRY TO FIX THE CITY WITHOUT

GOING THROUGH BANKRUPTCY.

BUT THE MERE FACT THAT HIS

BACKGROUND IS ONE.

TOP BANKRUPTCY LAWYERS IN THE

COUNTRY, IT WAS OBVIOUS IF WE

COULDN'T FIX THE CITY THROUGH

NEGOTIATION, BANKRUPTCY WOULD BE

THE NEXT ROUTE TO GO.

>> John: THAT DOES SEEM A LITTLE

SUSPECT.

I MEAN BANKRUPTCY LAWYER THAT

YOU HIRED SUGGESTED DECLARING

BANKRUPTCY.

IT'S LIKE PICKING A DEMOLITION

EXPERT TO RESHINGLE YOUR ROOF.

I TOOK A LOOK UP THERE AND I

THINK DYNAMITE IS IS DEFINITELY

THE WAY TO GO.

THIS IS SUCH A SAD FALL FROM

GRACE.

FOR ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT

CITIES.

IT USED TO BE AN ECONOMIC

POWERHOUSE.

PEOPLE SANG SONGS ABOUT IT.

♪ DETROIT, DETROIT ♪♪

♪ IT'S A LAND WHERE GOLD IS MADE

OF DREAMS ♪♪

♪ IT'S DETROIT ♪♪

♪ DETROIT ♪♪

>> John: BACK BEFORE CARS HAD

RADIOS PEOPLE HAD TO HIRE MEN TO

SIT ON THEIR CARS AND SING AT

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