Chastity Pratt

Chastity Pratt covers Michigan’s cities and urban affairs for Bridge. She joined the Bridge team from the The Detroit Free Press after more than a decade of providing authoritative coverage of Detroit Public Schools. She has broken many of the biggest stories regarding education in the state’s largest city over the past decade. Pratt’s work also has appeared in USA Today, Essence Magazine and the Investigative Reporters & Editors Journal. Before the Free Press, the native Detroiter was a reporter at Newsday in Long Island, NY, and The Oregonian newspaper in Portland. She started her career as an intern at The New York Times. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from the University of Michigan. You can reach Chastity via email at cpratt@bridgemi.com, or call her at 313-310-7867.

Articles

Gretchen Whitmer wants free college in Michigan. Can that cut skills gap?

April 24, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Michigan Business groups and even some Republicans back the Democratic governor’s plan to ease college access. But a Detroit study suggests free tuition plans are more apt to fail without extra support like counselors.

Detroit court’s bail system criminalizes being black and broke, suit claims

April 16, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

In Detroit, hundreds remain jailed even though they’ve never been convicted because they can’t afford bail. A lawsuit takes aim at 36th District Court.

Rich cities lose out as Wayne County cuts waste in programs to help poor

April 9, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

For years, Wayne County was slammed over its handling of community development block grant funds. Now, the county is changing how it distributes money in hopes of steering more toward poor cities and reducing costs.

Detroit studies restoring passenger trains to Michigan Central Station

April 3, 2019 | Joel Kurth, Chastity Pratt

Report should wrap up this month to determine costs, logistics of resuming Amtrak service at the historic station that had become a symbol of Detroit’s decline.

QLine well short of ridership goals and plagued by delays in Detroit

April 1, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Ridership is up and crashes are down for Detroit’s 3.3-mile streetcar. But on the best days, ridership is still only half of expectations.

Whitmer to Detroit chamber: ‘There is not enough pot to fill the potholes.’

March 15, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Governor brings budget tour to Detroit, asks for help getting GOP to support 45-cent gas tax to fix roads, schools, water

Tempers cool as Detroit charter commission gets to work – and gets sued

March 14, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit’s charter commission sets sights on water affordability, housing, planning and zoning, and is sued on claims it violated the state’s Open Meetings Act.

Memo to Mike Duggan: This is the real state of the City of Detroit

March 5, 2019 | Chastity Pratt, Mike Wilkinson

Key metrics measuring the health of Detroit –  income, home values, poverty, foreclosures – show real progress since Mike Duggan became mayor in 2013. But he also benefits from starting at one of the worst periods in the city’s history.

Detroit neighborhoods are making progress, but not all feel the love

March 5, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Mayor Mike Duggan has made neighborhood revitalization a top priority, but the city’s priorities have prompted questions of equity.

Mayor Mike Duggan says Detroit won’t be undercounted in 2020 Census

March 1, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit plans to hire 100 workers and raise $1.7 million to spread the word about the Census and ensure the city’s population is accurate.

Detroit’s decrepit schools could stall city comeback. Does Lansing care?

February 26, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit gets a credit upgrade, but analysts and experts warn that a $1.4 billion school maintenance bill will explode into a crisis unless lawmakers take action.

Birmingham superintendent apologizes for African American history class

February 25, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

In response to a column in Bridge Magazine, superintendent sends parents letter saying district “failed in its obligation” to provide “appropriate” lessons.

Opinion | The miseducation of Michigan: How state fails kids in black history

February 19, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

My kids are in one of Michigan’s best districts. Their African-American history class included ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and a documentary about gangs. We can do better as we celebrate Black History Month.

Detroit must build its middle class to make its comeback

February 19, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

A new report says Detroit is 25 percent middle class and needs 27,000 new black families earning $46,000 or more to stabilize neighborhoods.

Detroit is doing better. How much? That’s where experts disagree.

February 12, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

A nationally known urbanist and Detroit’s planning director debate how excited to get about the city’s comeback. Surprise, surprise. They disagree.

Detroit has another charter commission. Just don’t ask why.

January 16, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

For the fourth time in 300 years, Detroit has convened a group to examine changes to its governing structure. But even commissioners acknowledge their mission is unclear.

Detroit wants to extend comeback to neighborhoods. So far, it’s a slow go.

November 27, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s marquee project to revitalize the Fitzgerald neighborhood is far behind schedule. What does that mean for the rest of the city?

Overnight, it’s a new Michigan. Women sweep to power in change election.

November 7, 2018 | Ron French, Jim Malewitz, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt

Welcome, legalized pot. So long, gerrymandering. Democrats and women score big victories, as ballot measures all pass. Republicans hold onto Legislature, promising divided government.

Michigan approves recreational marijuana. What you need to know.

November 6, 2018 | Chastity Pratt, Alexandra Schmidt

Here’s what you can - and cannot - do now that voters have overwhelmingly approved recreational marijuana

Radio ad claims Sen. Debbie Stabenow supports 'black genocide,' draws outrage

October 22, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Ministers call on Republican John James to denounce ad running on Detroit-area station that equates pro-choice politics with killing black babies.

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