Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown, a former Detroit police officer who blew the whistle on Mayor Kilpatrick, said a "culture of corruption" has existed far too long.
"Eyes from around the world have been on this city, detracting from the progress we are making. It's time for Detroit -- for all Detroiters -- to close the era of wrongdoing, corruption, and lack of integrity within our city," Mr. Brown said after the verdicts.
Signs of misery
Detroit has regained the distinction as America's most violent city while also having some of the highest taxes. Its signs of misery -- hundreds if not thousands of burned out, abandoned, and boarded-up homes and buildings among them -- have drawn comparisons to New Orleans in the aftermath of 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The difference is Detroit's hurricane was in part self-inflicted and one of gradual economic decay.
Many of those with the ability to flee did so long ago, leaving some neighborhoods so barren the city has turned off traffic lights and street lights to save money. Locals complain there are so few police officers to canvass the city's vast 139 square miles that waiting time for 911 calls are 30 minutes or longer.
Residents seem to have less faith in city government and more in fearless entrepreneurs who have persuaded them that they have embraced the city's iconic soul.
Detroit's pride goes beyond what the city felt when Chrysler's now-famous Super Bowl ad of 2011 featuring hip-hop star Eminem with an in-your-face script, one that defied conventional marketing strategies by playing up the city's toughness.
It transcends the stirring echos of Aretha Franklin's soulful voice and that of other Motown stars who revolutionized the music industry in the 1960s.
It's an invigorating, powerful feeling deep in the bones of anyone from street musician Toney High to tech superstar Josh Linkner, a Detroiter who has become one of the business community's biggest movers and shakers.
Those two have more in common than what meets the eye.
Mr. High is a 52-year-old homeless trombonist known to perch himself on a folding chair at a busy corner in Greektown and hold court with those who pass by.
He said he toured in years past with blues stars Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, and Lucky Peterson, and once did a stint in Europe with Ike Turner. A local paper, the Detroit Metro Times, ran a story in 2010 about how he walked in off the street one night and got a standing ovation at Detroit's oldest blues bar and a popular venue for Motown stars, the Raven Lounge and Restaurant.
"I've been told I put smiles on some people's faces, so that's a start," Mr. High said. He said he moved to Detroit while broke that year, and is still broke, but won't leave because he sees better days ahead and is inspired by the city's energy.
"We're already at the bottom," he said, chuckling. "There's only one way to go, and that's up."
Many Detroiters believe the city's future lies not so much in a state-appointed financial manager as in venture capitalists with undying loyalty to Detroit, such as Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert.
Mr. Gilbert, who also owns the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, has bought 15 of Detroit's downtown buildings since 2010. He has a pending deal for control
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