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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said he hoped the judge’s ruling “gives us a chance today to move forward with a clean slate and make good decisions that will improve the quality of life for Detroit.”

“We can’t think bankruptcy is the worst thing that ever happened to us,” he said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference.

Mr. Snyder also said the bankruptcy will help Detroit move forward.

“We need to recognize that this decision is a call to action,” Mr. Snyder said. “We are confronting fiscal realities that have been ignored for too long.”