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“City leaders also are acting like no one is watching,” she added. “Not the business community that is holding out hope that Detroit will be back. Not the young families who want to move into Detroit because they want to be in a city. And not the investors and business owners from other states who might have thought that Detroit could be the next Cleveland. … Snyder, who is desperately wooing them here, can no longer afford to let the state’s jewel — and Detroit once was that and can be again — collapse.”

Steve Tobocman, a former Michigan state representative who now manages a consulting firm for community-development projects, says it’s clear that neighbors and residents need to talk more and pull together to solve city issues in the wake of the budget crisis.

“We’re having a conversation about who is going to manage cutting costs and raising revenues, as opposed to what we are going to do in cutting costs and raising revenues,” he said. “I don’t feel that the governor or the council or mayor are explaining that well to the general public.”

Like many other professionals, Mr. Tobocman, who used to represent the city’s Mexicantown area, says he chooses to live in the city rather than the suburbs, citing its cultural appeal and tight community neighborhoods.

“Detroiters are proud folks, so of course having an emergency manager from the outside, unelected directly by the people, to make those kinds of decisions for our city is disappointing. But at the end of the day, whether it’s our governor, his appointee or our directly election mayor and City Council, something has to be done to make tough decisions and create a road map here that works.”