Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit's emergency manager Kevin Orr
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Detroit: Governor Snyder on 'long period of decline'

19 July 2013 Last updated at 16:58 BST

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has said Detroit's bankruptcy is the result of "60 years of downward decline in the city."

Once a symbol of industrial power and the US automobile business, it is the largest US city ever to file for bankruptcy, with debts of at least $18bn (£12bn).

Governor Snyder said the decline had brought with it "multiple problems and consequences that feed on one another", including high levels of violence and crime.