DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes was given a 3 hour and 15 minute guided bus tour of Detroit by city attorneys.
They say it will help them make their case that the Judge should approve the Plan of Adjustment that deals with Detroit's $18 billion debt.
The trial on Plan confirmation is set to start August 21 and last a month.
One Wall Street creditor objected to the bus tour.
It was recorded on video and will be part of the court record. The media was not allowed on the tour. Video clips were provided after it ended. The Judge did not want to be seen on camera.
Attorneys say the Plan of Adjustment calls for spending $400 million on blight and this will allow the Judge to understand the scope of the problem, more than just pictures inside a sterile courtroom.
Attorneys say they traveled 58 miles to show the Judge "the good, the bad and the ugly" of Detroit - blight and better neighborhoods. They made only two stops where they got off the bus and took a closer look at the Detroit Police precinct on Gratiot on the east side and at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Part of the plan of adjustment is the so-called Grand Bargain that saves the art collection from being sold and softens pension cuts to 23,000 Detroit retirees.
Attorneys say Judge Rhodes asked no questions and had staffers taking notes.