10 Biggest Dilemmas Detroit Has to Face

PHOTO: Detroit filed for bankruptcy on July 18, 2013.Getty Images
Detroit filed for bankruptcy on July 18, 2013.


Detroit became the largest city to file for bankruptcy on Thursday. While Michigan's governor and Detroit's mayor say Detroit has a chance to emerge stronger from this, the city has a number of challenges ahead of it.

quicklist: title: The city's unfunded liabilities top $18 billion. text:

quicklist: title: The city owes money to over 100,000 creditors. text:

quicklist: title: Nearly 80,000 buildings have been abandoned and many are unsecured. text:

quicklist: title: Population of Detroit has fallen from 1.86 million in 1950 to 700,000 today. text:

quicklist: title: Some 47 percent of properties are delinquent in paying their taxes. text:

quicklist: title: Police take an average of 58 minutes to respond to calls. text:

quicklist: title: Only 8.7 percent of violent crimes are solved and Detroit has the highest crime rate in US of large cities. text:

quicklist: title: Manufacturing jobs in the city have slid from a peak of 200,000 to just 20,000 today. text:

quicklist: title: Only 7 percent of the city's eighth graders are proficient in reading. text:

quicklist: title: The city manager says its retirement system is underfunded by $3.5 billion. text: