Broke offers an urgent, narrative account of a city’s bankruptcy and its aftermath, told through the lives of seven valiantly struggling Detroiters.

In the lead up to Detroit’s July 2013 bankruptcy, and in its aftermath, dramatic headlines, thousands of column inches, hundreds of news reports, and a goodly number of books explained the process and possible benefits of municipal bankruptcy. But rarely in all that reporting was the impact on the people living in the city discussed.

Jodie Adams Kirshner is a research professor at New York University. Previously on the law faculty at Cambridge University, she also teaches bankruptcy law at Columbia Law School. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, past term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a technical advisor to the Bank for International Settlements. She received a prestigious multi-year grant from the Kresge Foundation to research Broke.

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American Planning Association Spring Institute 2020 – Equitable Development

As Michigan’s economy recovers, not everyone is benefiting equally from the uptick in development. Community planners must balance the desire for investment, new development and increased taxes in local coffers with an acknowledgement of our responsibility to ensure that our plans and implementation tools are improving the lives of all residents in our communities.

MAP’s 2020 Spring Institute delivers the national experts, state leaders, and local stories that reveal the solutions we can scale to our own communities. Learn about non-profit and philanthropic partnerships that are infusing our policies with innovative approaches that uplift and inspire; about the data planners need to make evidence based decisions; about national programs that are tackling equitable development in tangible ways.

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Broke on C-Span Book TV

Broke on C-Span Book TV

https://www.c-span.org/video/?466933-1/broke 00:00:00 STARTING NOW, IT'S BOOK TV IN PRIME TIME. IN JUST A MOMENT, THE IMPACT THAT DETROIT'S BANKRUPTCY HAS HAD ON THE CITY'S POOR. THEN VANDERBILT...

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Broke excerpted in the New York Times

Broke excerpted in the New York Times

‘Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises,’ by Jodie Adams Kirshner: An Excerpt Nov. 19, 2019 Prologue: Springtime in Detroit Miles strode through the streets of Detroit, long-legged and focused, carrying a cup of keys to all the houses he...

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Broke reviewed in the New York Times

Broke reviewed in the New York Times

NONFICTION ‘Broke’ Chronicles a City Out of Cash and Awash in Desperation An abandoned home on Detroit’s east side, 2017.Credit...Erin Kirkland for The New York Times By Anna Clark Nov. 19, 2019, 5:00 a.m. ET BROKE Hardship and Resilience in a City of...

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Broke in New York Journal of Books

Broke in New York Journal of Books

“Jodie Adams Kirshner brings together a wide cast of those most affected and thereby opens the case of and for Detroit and our other large cities suffering financial strain.” Jodie Adams Kirshner is well qualified to write such a book on bankruptcy and its broad...

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Broke on New Books Network

Broke on New Books Network

https://newbooksnetwork.com/jodie-adams-kirshner-broke-hardship-and-resilience-in-a-city-of-broken-promise-st-martins-press-2019/ JODIE ADAMS KIRSHNER  Broke  Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promise  ST. MARTINS PRESS 2019  February 7,...

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