For all of the soothsayers out there, here's a chance to make some predictions that we can revisit in 2013. Here's my top ten shots in the dark.
1. Despite all efforts to avoid an Emergency Financial Manager, Governor Snyder appoints an EFM for Detroit. The new EFM, Freeman Hendrix, pushes forward with cuts to a wide swath of city services as his moves are challenged with lawsuits and protests. Mayor Dave Bing resigns in protest and returns to Franklin.
2. Governor Snyder's effort to build a new bridge across the Detroit River stalls again as lawsuits by Matty Maroun and Republican legislators block his efforts to get around the state legislature.
3. The effort to establish a new RTA to implement Governor Snyder's vision for a BRT system in SE Michigan fails in Lansing.
4. Embroiled in ongoing scandals in Wayne County government, Bob Ficano faces a serious challenge for County Executive from both a Democratic primary challenger and a prominent western Wayne County Republican. [Save for 2013 since Ficano's not up for re-election until 2014.]
5. Dan Gilbert's assemblage downtown buildings lures a major new corporate tenant even as the city's future under an EFM leaves many questioning the timing of the move. George "Demolition" Jackson at DEGC tries to take credit for the move declaring that his downtown demolition work made it possible.
6. Wings make the playoffs, Tigers make the playoffs again. Lions considered Super Bowl contenders in 2013. Pistons continue to rebuild.
7. With financial backing from the state, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks takes initial steps to take over management of Belle Isle.
8. "Government Motors" period ends at GM as Feds sells off remaining stake in GM during summer stock rally.
9. Kwame Kilpatrick heads back to prison after conviction on multiple charges in federal court.
10. In the face of revenue shortfalls and declining services, several SE Michigan communities take first steps towards merger even as residents protest loss of community identity. Consolidation efforts get hung up as officials can't decide on which community name to use for the new merged communities.