Beyond Bankruptcy Report


Researchers, community organizers, scholars, and practitioners have formed a collaborative project responsibly addressing the full host of drivers of municipal distress. The project, entitled BEYOND BANKRUPTCY, is constructed according to the following vision:

Reframing the narrative of municipal distress is urgent. The mainstream discussion should reflect the reality of connections between the status of distressed cities and the housing crisis, the culpability of investment actors, and the associated consequences on municipal budgets, metropolitan regions’ concentrated poverty and racial dynamics. As municipalities deal with financial distress, concrete practicable strategies must be created that address the host of relevant issues while building community power and resilience.

Download the report on the BEYOND BANKRUPTCY project, which also offers a comprehensive review of the first convening which took place April 7-8 in Detroit. Download the full report here.

Beyond Bankruptcy Project Partners

  • Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley
  • Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School
  • Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES)