Louis Aguilar, a senior reporter for BridgeDetroit, has been writing about the epic nature of his native Detroit since 2004. Before joining BridgeDetroit in 2020, he was a business reporter and investigative reporter for The Detroit News. He is a former staff writer for The Washington Post, Denver Post, Westword (Denver’s alternative weekly) and Colorado Springs Gazette. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 11, 2020 | Louis Aguilar
A Michigan political poll found likely voters fairly split on Black Lives Matter efforts on police reform but the movement already is shaping debates in many areas of public life.
August 3, 2020 | Louis Aguilar
The Detroit Institute of Arts has made major strides in showcasing African-American art and in its outreach to Black Detroiters. Is that progress enough to withstand charges of institutional racism and a ‘toxic’ workplace?
July 16, 2020 | Louis Aguilar
In one powerful image, a Detroit photographer captures the moment of sweeping cultural change that is underway.
July 13, 2020 | Louis Aguilar
Federal monthly data and three economic surveys show that many Detroit workers aren’t returning to work at a rate higher than most of the state and nation. It’s too soon to gauge permanent job loss, a U-M survey contends.
June 11, 2020 | Louis Aguilar
Black Americans are noticing a new trend: Their white peers are starting to reach out as allies against racism. Checking in on a friend will probably be appreciated, but asking black people for resources to learn about systemic racism demands an emotional toll from someone who likely still is processing trauma.
June 5, 2020 | Louis Aguilar
Detroiters are experiencing the highest unemployment rates of the century. Millenials and Gen Z, hit hardest by massive unemployment, have looped economic relief into their demands against police brutality as protests in support of George Floyd continue.
June 3, 2020 | Louis Aguilar
The killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white policeman in Minneapolis is the catalyst for nationwide protests in at least 150 cities, suburbs and small towns. Police brutality is only part of what draws Detroit protesters. Gen Z and Millennial organizers are advocating for something new.
May 30, 2020 | Louis Aguilar
What happened in Detroit and the streets of at least 35 other cities reflects the raw state of urban America. Months of dealing with a killer virus. Surging economic despair. Then another viral video emerged of a Black man killed while being arrested by a white policeman in Minneapolis.
May 21, 2020 | Louis Aguilar
The upcoming count will offer a better understanding of Detroit’s demographic changes but the state's largest city is grappling with a low response rate for Census 2020.
May 6, 2020 | Louis Aguilar
The author's grandfather, Antonio Martinez, met the artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Depression-era Detroit.
May 5, 2020 | Louis Aguilar
The pandemic hit Detroit harder than most cities, but coordinated efforts have made a difference, and begun to pay off.
Racial disparities that struck southeast Michigan are repeating in Flint, Saginaw, Lansing and Ypsilanti, highlighting inequities in health care. And even as Detroit cases ebb, the mourning is just beginning: ‘I just feel numb,’ one says.
COVID-19 cases spiked yet again statewide on Tuesday, but Detroit’s rate is beginning to slow — and Michigan’s curve is looking less like that of New York by the day.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’s ‘taking a very serious look’ at halting the sale of lottery tickets in stores because people still aren’t getting the message about social distancing.
In metro Detroit, the epicenter of Michigan’s outbreak, the pandemic is spreading rapidly as hospitals, government leaders and residents deal with medical shortages and some painful goodbyes.
The White House weighs in as Detroit reels from a spike in cases. The virus has struck a civil rights leader, state lawmaker and police officials, and health experts warn this is the beginning: ‘The people of the state are in serious risk,’ Mayor Duggan says.