Sheila Cockrel en Cockrel: 'Bankruptcy likely scenario for quite a while' <p></p><p>Now that the City of Detroit has filed for bankruptcy, everyone is speculating as to how the city got to this point.&nbsp;</p><p>As a former member of the Detroit City Council,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sheila Cockrel says, "The tendency on the part of some people who don't live in the city, who are not African American, who live in the region, or live in the rest of the country, want to point to a deficiency in leadership. That is absolutely incorrect."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cockrel, who is currently a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">faculty member in the Honors College at Wayne State University, tells her students that poor leadership is partly to blame, but she says there are a number of other factors:&nbsp;disinvestment, de-industrialization and the migration of capital out of Detroit which has caused a severe reduction in revenue.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"When you take a tax base out, you don't have a viable financial basis to provide services," she says.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cockrel&nbsp;served on the Detroit City Council for 16 years and says bankruptcy has been the most likely scenario for quite a while.</span></p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:53:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 13659 at Cockrel: 'Bankruptcy likely scenario for quite a while' What’s Next for Detroit <p>While Detroit can technically appeal the governor’s decision to appoint an emergency manager, it is clear that the city is going to get one within the next couple of weeks.</p><p>Detroiters are now waiting to find out the identity of the person who will have more power in their city than any mayor has ever had.&nbsp; Mon, 04 Mar 2013 19:52:43 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11504 at What’s Next for Detroit