Lester Graham

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Detroiters in poverty face nearly insurmountable obstacles

June 16, 2016 | Lester Graham

Politicians and media reports indicate Detroit is in the middle of an economic resurgence. That’s true for the central business districts. That’s not the case for many residents in the poorest neighborhoods

Police brutality: The struggle isn't over

April 21, 2016 | Lester Graham

In Baltimore Freddie Gray died after being arrested and thrown in the back of a police van. In Cleveland, video captured images of 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he was shot by a Cleveland officer. And in Ferguson, Missouri, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead in the street. These events and others have increased racial tensions in cities across the nation in a way not seen since the 1960

City of Detroit has rocky relationship with Arab-American gas station owners

July 13, 2015 | Lester Graham

The proprietors of many of the city's fuel stops say they're being unfairly targeted – and ticketed – for relatively minor offenses, in a pattern that suggests deliberate harassment.

Detroit lowballing the number of dangerous, broken fire hydrants in city

June 11, 2015 | Lester Graham

A local muckraking journalist found that the city’s count of 70 hydrants in disrepair does not match his own survey, which suggests the number could as high as 1,800. Broken hydrants mean more homes could be swept up by fires.

Wayne County residents unnecessarily losing homes to foreclosure

May 26, 2015 | Lester Graham

Advocates say the county is overestimating property values and that many people are losing their homes because they don’t know they can challenge their assessment.