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  • Challenging Bedrock Law: "Dillon's Rule" in Detroit and Beyond

    By Simon Davis-Cohen, Truthout | News Analysis

    A manhole cover in Detroit, where the state-appointed emergency manager is considering handing off water services to independent authorities, June 21, 2013. While the notion that selling City of Detroit assets like the Coleman A. Young International Airport, Belle Isle Park and the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts has fueled outrage, some residents say the city has worse problems, like police and ambulance response time to calls. (Fabrizio Costantini/The New York Times)A manhole cover in Detroit, where the state-appointed emergency manager is considering handing off water services to independent authorities, June 21, 2013. While the notion that selling City of Detroit assets like the Coleman A. Young International Airport, Belle Isle Park and the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts has fueled outrage, some residents say the city has worse problems, like police and ambulance response time to calls. (Fabrizio Costantini/The New York Times)

    A latent yet pervasive legal doctrine called "Dillon's Rule" is being wielded against Detroit. Writes Davis-Cohen: "Detroit's dismemberment is but a symptom of a legal doctrine - an idea - that has worked to trivialize the American municipality for well over a century."

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