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Carl Levin touts his Wayne State center for good governance

Carl Levin touts his Wayne State center for good governance

June 4, 2015 | Carl Levin

Oversight, done skillfully, is essential for effective bipartisan work. Promoting, teaching and demonstrating it is the goal for the Levin Center, named for Michigan’s recently retired U.S. senator.

Making a case for racial equity in dollars, cents and growth

Making a case for racial equity in dollars, cents and growth

May 29, 2015 | La June Montgomery Tabron

Equality isn’t a zero-sum game. It’s good for everybody, everywhere in Michigan. And couldn’t we use a little more of that?

Mackinac Conference should address race in Detroit in Detroit

Mackinac Conference should address race in Detroit in Detroit

May 26, 2015 | Aaron Foley

A long-overdue talk on race won’t yield results in the gleaming corridors of the Grand Hotel. The powers that be need to get out of their comfort zone and into city neighborhoods for any real discussion, and change, to take shape.

Coalition supporting Detroit schools a step in the city’s road back

Coalition supporting Detroit schools a step in the city’s road back

April 3, 2015 | La June Montgomery Tabron

Both the city and the state will benefit from a collaboration from stakeholders dedicated to improving education in the state’s largest city.

Why Detroit’s new school leadership won’t much matter

Why Detroit’s new school leadership won’t much matter

January 22, 2015 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit will improve its chronically low-performing schools when the system focuses more on proven, consistent academic reforms and less on changes to its power structure.

Photo gallery: A day in the life of Detroit after bankruptcy

Photo gallery: A day in the life of Detroit after bankruptcy

December 18, 2014 | Vince Duffy

Michigan Radio asked photographer Ali Lapetina to traverse Detroit one day; she returned with this gallery of a city in motion

A forlorn park gets a fixup

A forlorn park gets a fixup

December 17, 2014 | Bridge Staff

When a fence went up around a cherished community park, residents thought gentrification might be the culprit. But it turns out a neighborhood development group is making the park better.

As good jobs finally arrive, few Detroiters have the skills to fill them

As good jobs finally arrive, few Detroiters have the skills to fill them

December 16, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

Thousands of positions in construction, healthcare, information technology and other high-growth fields are finally coming as Detroit emerges from bankruptcy. But a rollback in job programs and an educational system that leaves many young adults short on reading and math skills means many Detroiters can’t even quality for job training.

Detroit Public Schools taking a new approach with trade schools

Detroit Public Schools taking a new approach with trade schools

December 16, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit Public Schools once served thousands of students daily at vocational -technical career centers. Declining enrollment and high school closures led to cuts. DPS is now re-inventing the trade schools.

Death of a feather bowler

Death of a feather bowler

December 9, 2014 | Bridge Staff

In a Belgian hangout on the east side, players of an obscure game say farewell to a beloved league member.

Nature gets a haircut

Nature gets a haircut

November 20, 2014 | Bridge Staff

A failed industrial zone is cleared out and buffed up for market sale.

Restoring a faded palace

Restoring a faded palace

November 20, 2014 | Bridge Staff

The Forest Arms, the grande dame of apartments in Detroit’s Midtown, is being reborn from its burned-out grave. At age 109, there is much work to be done. But geothermal wells?

Border crossing – the long, fraught history of the Detroit-Grosse Pointe divide

Border crossing – the long, fraught history of the Detroit-Grosse Pointe divide

October 23, 2014 | Bill McGraw

The sudden closing this summer of a road leading from Detroit into Grosse Pointe Park reignited accusations that Detroit’s largely African-American and poor population was not welcome. Residents on both sides are pushing for change.

GOP hunts votes in the D

GOP hunts votes in the D

October 16, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

The Republican National Committee opened an African-American engagement office in overwhelmingly Democratic Detroit. Early returns are a bit fuzzy.

Regular Detroiters get their day in bankruptcy court

Regular Detroiters get their day in bankruptcy court

October 16, 2014 | Sandra Svoboda

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes gave 15 ordinary Detroit retirees, appearing without lawyers, an opportunity to appear at the city’s bankruptcy trial to voice their objection to the restructuring plan.

Bolting the ‘burbs for the thrill of Detroit

Bolting the ‘burbs for the thrill of Detroit

August 21, 2014 | Tim Smith

Yes, the infusion of new money, new faces and new business to downtown Detroit is good for the city.

Detroit newcomers get tax credits, old timers get water shutoffs

Detroit newcomers get tax credits, old timers get water shutoffs

August 21, 2014 | Zoë Villegas

It is impossible to accept that the lives of Detroiters and newcomers are equal when the majority of the city’s African-American population are experiencing a quality of life so low that the United Nations is speaking up.

You can’t spell gentrification without gentry

You can’t spell gentrification without gentry

August 21, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

What is this thing called gentrification – displacement or improvement?

In a gentrifying Detroit, an uneasy migration of urban millennials

In a gentrifying Detroit, an uneasy migration of urban millennials

August 21, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

Is gentrification a bad thing? Is it even happening downtown? The answers depend on your perspective, and perhaps your bank account.

Detroit fire union drops 50-year battle to keep seniority-only promotions

Detroit fire union drops 50-year battle to keep seniority-only promotions

July 29, 2014 | Bill McGraw

The DFD’s current system is 128 years old and resisted change for decades, but bankruptcy was able to overturn what the city’s mayors couldn’t.

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