Managing Editor Joel Kurth has spent more than two decades in journalism in Michigan. He worked 17 years as an editor and reporter at The Detroit News, the last five of which he served as editor of investigations and projects. He’s overseen projects that prompted a reassessment of property taxes in Detroit, changed laws about tax foreclosure sales, prompted reforms at the Detroit Medical Center and led numerous investigations into municipal corruption. Kurth also worked at The Saginaw News and in the Upper Pensinsula and has won more than 30 national and state journalism awards, including being co-winner of The Michigan Press Association’s “Journalist of the Year” award in 2016. You can reach Joel via email at email@example.com, or call him at 586-306-4708.
Cheap homes are attracting new residents. But dumping, crime and a feeling of disconnection from City Hall pervade this far-west neighborhood.
Detroit is planning big changes to a little neighborhood near Belle Isle. Some wonder who will benefit.
In one of city’s most self-reliant neighborhoods, City Hall plans improvements as old brick homes get new owners.
October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth
Maurice Cox’s plan for the city: Make its biggest weakness a strength.
Laws passed to prevent terrorism and identity theft have made it harder to get the state-issued ID needed to escape poverty. A peek inside the poverty trap.
September 14, 2017 | Joel Kurth
Architecture buff turns postcard collection into picture book. Take a peek at the fabulous and familiar with 11 images from Detroit’s colorful past.
September 12, 2017 | Joel Kurth
Downtown and Midtown Detroit get more tax breaks and investment than neighborhoods. Why? That’s where the good jobs are.
August 22, 2017 | Joel Kurth
A popular rewards program is set to vanish at year’s end. Homeowners, firefighters and insurers could feel the effects statewide.
August 1, 2017 | Joel Kurth
Michigan’s failed presidential recount last year wasn’t an aberration. It’s part of a pattern that has some concerned about the integrity of elections.
July 13, 2017 | Joel Kurth
With the release of “Detroit,” director Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the killings of three black teens during the 1967 unrest, the lawyer who successfully defended several infamous white Detroit officers looks back with indifference toward his critics.
July 6, 2017 | Joel Kurth
An urban planning professor argues that Detroit has knocked down more homes than any other city in past 50 years – and has little to show for it.
July 6, 2017 | Joel Kurth
An urban policy expert says the city needs to ask difficult questions about which areas can be saved in era of diminishing revenues.
Counties across Michigan profit from selling foreclosed homes and charging fees on back taxes to down-and-out residents. No place does it more than Wayne County.
May 18, 2017 | Joel Kurth
Left for dead in the 1970s, lending through (often predatory) land contracts is back with a vengeance in Michigan and Rust Belt cities after the mortgage meltdown.
May 2, 2017 | Joel Kurth
Residential shutoffs spiked 18 percent in 2016 - countering city officials' expectations. A staggering 83,000 homes have lost water service at some point since the city launched a crackdown on delinquent accounts in 2014.
Go block by block to scan the more than 27,000 homes that had water cut off in 2016.