Benchmark Detroit: Vital signs

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Benchmark: Livability

January 29, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

What makes a city appealing can’t always be measured: Community spirit. Inviting parks. A vibrant cultural scene. Now, if only leaders could do something about Detroit’s insurance and tax rates.

Benchmark: Jobs

January 29, 2014 | Rick Haglund

High unemployment and a modestly educated workforce present a tough challenge. A push to attract highly skilled immigrants may boost job hopes.

Benchmark: Public safety

January 29, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Money may not solve everything, but it would sure help ordinary Detroiters when they need working fire trucks, ambulances and police cars. Bankruptcy savings may provide a real boost.

Benchmark: City services

January 29, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit’s new mayor and City Council are taking ownership of fixing street lights, blight and bus service within six months. Can they succeed where others failed?

Benchmark: Schools

January 29, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

Decades of reform have failed to boost student learning in Detroit’s struggling public schools. Will improved teacher training help?

Benchmark Detroit: Charting Detroit’s path from rock bottom

January 29, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Mayor Duggan vows to improve services in six months. We have broader ambitions – to mark where Detroit stands today on jobs, safety and other key measures, then hold leaders accountable in the year ahead.