Detroit Journalism Cooperative

To focus on community life and the city’s future after bankruptcy, five nonprofit media outlets have formed the Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC).

The Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine is the convening partner for the group, which includes Detroit Public Television (DPTV), Michigan Radio, WDET and New Michigan Media, a partnership of ethnic and minority newspapers.

Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation, the DJC partners are reporting about and creating community engagement opportunities relevant to the city’s bankruptcy, recovery and restructuring.

Articles

Detroit’s neighborhood fixers, by the numbers

January 15, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Mayor Mike Duggan’s Department of Neighborhoods measures success in vacant-lot sales, cleanups and complaints answered.

Photo gallery: A day in the life of Detroit after bankruptcy

December 18, 2014 | Vince Duffy

Michigan Radio asked photographer Ali Lapetina to traverse Detroit one day; she returned with this gallery of a city in motion

A forlorn park gets a fixup

December 17, 2014 | Bridge Staff

When a fence went up around a cherished community park, residents thought gentrification might be the culprit. But it turns out a neighborhood development group is making the park better.

As good jobs finally arrive, few Detroiters have the skills to fill them

December 16, 2014 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Thousands of positions in construction, healthcare, information technology and other high-growth fields are finally coming as Detroit emerges from bankruptcy. But a rollback in job programs and an educational system that leaves many young adults short on reading and math skills means many Detroiters can’t even quality for job training.

Detroit Public Schools taking a new approach with trade schools

December 16, 2014 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit Public Schools once served thousands of students daily at vocational -technical career centers. Declining enrollment and high school closures led to cuts. DPS is now re-inventing the trade schools.

A new Ford Field

December 11, 2014 | Bridge Staff

A sparkling baseball diamond for kids is rounding into shape on Detroit’s west side, a $1.4 million neighborhood gift from UAW-Ford.

Death of a feather bowler

December 9, 2014 | Bridge Staff

In a Belgian hangout on the east side, players of an obscure game say farewell to a beloved league member.

Nature gets a haircut

November 20, 2014 | Bridge Staff

A failed industrial zone is cleared out and buffed up for market sale.

Restoring a faded palace

November 20, 2014 | Bridge Staff

The Forest Arms, the grande dame of apartments in Detroit’s Midtown, is being reborn from its burned-out grave. At age 109, there is much work to be done. But geothermal wells?

Border crossing – the long, fraught history of the Detroit-Grosse Pointe divide

October 23, 2014 | Bill McGraw

The sudden closing this summer of a road leading from Detroit into Grosse Pointe Park reignited accusations that Detroit’s largely African-American and poor population was not welcome. Residents on both sides are pushing for change.

Making Detroit’s streets safer

October 23, 2014 | Chelsea Maralason

The Motor City was designed for residents who buy and drive cars and trucks. But those planning Detroit’s future envision a design that is more friendly and safe for pedestrians, bikers and people using public transportation.

In a gentrifying Detroit, an uneasy migration of urban millennials

August 21, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

Is gentrification a bad thing? Is it even happening downtown? The answers depend on your perspective, and perhaps your bank account.

Interactive graphic: Hipster map of Detroit

August 21, 2014 | Bridge Staff

Detroit’s downtown areas are being transformed by an influx of new people and businesses. Here’s a guide to some key developments.

You can’t spell gentrification without gentry

August 21, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

What is this thing called gentrification – displacement or improvement?

Detroit newcomers get tax credits, old timers get water shutoffs

August 21, 2014 | Zoë Villegas

It is impossible to accept that the lives of Detroiters and newcomers are equal when the majority of the city’s African-American population are experiencing a quality of life so low that the United Nations is speaking up.

Bolting the ‘burbs for the thrill of Detroit

August 21, 2014 | Tim Smith

Yes, the infusion of new money, new faces and new business to downtown Detroit is good for the city.

Detroit fire union drops 50-year battle to keep seniority-only promotions

July 29, 2014 | Bill McGraw

The DFD’s current system is 128 years old and resisted change for decades, but bankruptcy was able to overturn what the city’s mayors couldn’t.

Can Detroit pay its bills after bankruptcy?

July 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

High taxes, low wages, yet the City of Detroit still drowns in debt. Here’s why the city faces long odds even after shedding bankruptcy debt.

Giving Detroiters a tax break

July 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Bankruptcy could offer an opportunity to trim taxes for the city’s beleaguered residents, who pay some of the highest income, utility and property taxes in the state.

Detroit taxes friendlier to businesses than to residents

July 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Detroit is in the middle of the pack among the 51 international cities studied for how much of a tax burden they place on businesses.

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