Orr: Detroit's public services already improving

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Associated Press

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 3:02 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Emergency manager Kevyn Orr says public services are already improving in bankrupt Detroit.

He told The Associated Press on Thursday that police are responding more quickly to 911 calls and 26,000 lights have been added or fixed on the city's streets. He also said efforts to tear down vacant houses have been stepped up.

Orr says the visible changes won't all come at once and some may take up to three years.

Detroit's bankruptcy was given the green light on Dec. 3.

There is also a private effort to raise $500 million to help the city pay its bills.

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