Municipal Bankruptcy

Pittsburgh

'Pittsburgh Is Back'

The state of Pennsylvania has released Pittsburgh from the terms of Act 47, signaling a new era of fiscal security for the city, and a sign of home for the "Rust Belt."

February 12, 2018 - Pittsburg Post-Gazette

Carquinez Bridge

The Well Has Run Dry: Redevelopment in Vallejo, CA Without Tax Increment Financing

A case study of Vallejo shows how the city is continuing revitalization efforts without the powerful tools provided by its former redevelopment agency.

June 24, 2016 - Linda Day

How Planning Can Contribute to Municipal Fiscal Health

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has launched a new campaign "to help cities confront an epidemic of insolvency and restore the capacity for local governments to provide basic services and plan for the future."

August 31, 2015 - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Signs of Recovery? Stockton, California Exits Bankruptcy

Stockton, California symbolized the worst effects of the Great Recession on local governments—not to mention, to some, California's decline.

November 3, 2014 - Governing

Detroit - Renaissance Center

Bankruptcy in Detroit—The Tip of the Iceberg

One of the scariest things about Detroit's bankruptcy proceedings is that the fiscal choices that city made has been repeated in many other cities.

September 21, 2014 - Edward Poteat

Jurupa Valley, Riverside County

Puff! There Goes California's Newest City

With a 5-0 emotional vote by the city council on Thursday night, the Jurupa Valley City Council reluctantly initiated the process of disincorporation, which would result in the three-year-old city being governed by Riverside County.

January 18, 2014 - The Press-Enterprise

From Bust to Boom: Bankrupt City's Home Prices Skyrocket

Before Detroit's bankruptcy, Stockton held the ominous title of largest city in the U.S. to go bankrupt. Unlike Detroit, it was largely tied to the foreclosure crisis. Home prices have jumped 30% in the last year. What caused the turnaround?

September 26, 2013 - The Sacramento Bee

empty parking lot of Eastvale, California's best buy and kohl's, mountains in background

Why Four of California's Newest Cities May Soon Dissolve

All four are in Riverside County (east of LA). Reduced vehicle license fees, shifting funds from cities to prisons and a huge state budget deficit created the perfect storm to drain expected revenues. Hope was placed in a bill to fix it.

September 19, 2013 - Bloomberg News

What's Next for Detroit?

Yesterday, Detroit became the largest municipality in U.S. history to declare bankruptcy. Such an action is unprecedented, so the path forward is murky. Yet one word seems to signify what lies ahead over the next year: battles.

July 19, 2013 - Detroit Free Press

Detroit - Renaissance Center

Bankrupt!

After months of speculation, and decades of mismanagement and population decline, Detroit has filed for bankruptcy. The milestone is the culmination of a turbulent half-century for the city. But some see it as a chance for a new start.

July 18, 2013 - Jonathan Nettler

Municipal Bankruptcy Seen as a Strategy, Rather Than a Failure

Looking to get out from under one of the primary factors for financial distress - pension obligations - city leaders across the United States are viewing bankruptcy as "a valuable tool in a city’s financial toolbox," reports Liz Farmer.

March 7, 2013 - Governing

Crime Skyrockets After City Bankruptcy

San Bernardino was the third city in California to file for bankruptcy last year. Within the past year it has descended from a model of crime reduction to a crime-plagued city.

January 24, 2013 - The New York Times

Thirty California Cities Face Credit Downgrades; More Bankruptcies Expected

In the wake of three municipal bankruptcies in California this year, Moody's Investor Services is placing thirty cities on credit review. These are not poor ones either, but in the heart of Silicon Valley and other wealthy Bay Area cities.

October 12, 2012 - San Francisco Chronicle

Is Sprawl to Blame for Municipal Bankruptcies?

As the fear of more local government bankruptcies rises, William Fulton argues that sprawling development patterns play a key role in leading cities to run in the red.

August 10, 2012 - CNN

California Bankruptcies May Increase Without Structural Changes

Chris McKenzie, Executive Director of the California League of Cities, discusses the specter of bankruptcy and the structural difficulties cities face in addressing their fiscal deficits. The San Bernardino bankruptcy does not mean the worst is over.

July 18, 2012 - The Planning Report

Advice to Cities Considering Bankruptcy: 'Don't Do It'

As the third California city in a month files for bankruptcy protection, fears of a domino effect worry many. While bankruptcy may seem like an enticing solution, officials that have gone through it caution about the downside.

July 13, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

Largest U.S. Municipal Bankruptcy Pending For Stockton

Stockton, a city of 300,000 in California's ailing Central Valley, may become the largest city in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy. Agreements with public employee unions and major bond creditors may be all that stand in the way of default.

March 1, 2012 - The New York Times - U.S.

Biggest Municipal Bankruptcy Averted Through New Financial Plan

Budget-troubled Jefferson County, Alabama -- once thought to be on the brink of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history -- is moving forward with plans to clean up its finances.

March 11, 2011 - Reuters

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