News Summary: Detroit services better, boss says

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2013 at 10:38 am •  Published: December 13, 2013

GETTING BETTER: Public lighting, clearing blighted structures and other once-faltering services already have improved despite Detroit's dive into bankruptcy, emergency manager Kevyn Orr told The Associated Press.

THE DETAILS: Orr said during Thursday's interview that 26,000 lights have been added or fixed, police are responding more quickly to 911 calls, and efforts to tear down vacant houses have stepped up.

BIG JOB: Appointed by the governor last spring to fix Detroit's finances, Orr maintains that improving the quality of life for the city's 700,000 residents remains a major priority. But it won't be done all at once — some changes will happen before he finishes in Detroit by next fall, while other changes may take up to three years.


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