Howes: EM Orr Moves Closer To Transferring City Services

04/16/2013 10:06 am ET

Even as Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is quietly meeting with city officials and studying Detroit's grim financials, plans are accelerating behind the scenes to transfer selected departments and programs to outside agencies.

The likely moves could be announced as early as this week. They initially are expected to target the city's 120-person Planning and Development Department, the demolition of abandoned property and other functions whose mismanagement are considered to be blocking deployment of federal dollars, tax revenue generation or both.

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