In-depth reporting on Michigan's largest city and surrounding communities, including deep dives into the big changes afoot in Detroit, its schools, neighborhoods, institutions and city hall.


DJC Poll: Black and white optimism on Detroit-area race relations

July 28, 2016 | Bill McGraw

Yet the Detroit Journalism Cooperative survey on racial attitudes also shows that bias infiltrates the daily lives of blacks in the region a way that many whites can’t imagine.

Metro Detroit racial divide is widest over police

July 28, 2016 | Bill McGraw

The Detroit Journalism Cooperative survey found significant optimism over racial attitudes in general. But blacks and whites have vastly different experiences -- and opinions -- concerning law enforcement.

Real talk about race

July 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

We asked leaders around metro Detroit to talk frankly about racial attitudes in their lives and communities. These five answered the bell.

Kenneth Reed

July 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

Poverty and joblessness, fuel for '67 riot, even worse today

June 16, 2016 | Bill McGraw

Unemployment and poverty drove much of the violence that swept across Detroit in the summer of 1967. Today, those numbers are even worse.

A brief history of poverty and jobs in Detroit

June 16, 2016 | Bill McGraw

Detroit’s boom and bust auto industry explains a lot about the poverty and jobs challenges the city faces today.

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

House by house, do-it-yourself residents transform Detroit

May 3, 2016 | Kimberley Kinder

Tired of waiting for the garbage trucks and housing inspectors who never seemed to come, here’s how one ordinary, extraordinary Detroiter restored beauty and a sense of safety to the street she calls home

In a city with long memories of racial torment, Detroit’s police chief seeks to turn a corner

April 21, 2016 | Bill McGraw

The city’s feared, nearly-all-white police force eventually integrated after the 1967 riot. But crime and mistrust within the city’s African-American community did not fade so easily. Residents say a new chief is helping to ease old animosities

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

State launches investigation into Detroit charter school

April 14, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

In the aftermath of Bridge’s story on the Detroit Community Schools, the Michigan Department of Education is checking for certification violations

One poor neighborhood, one struggling school

April 12, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

A low-achieving Detroit charter, now run by former city councilwoman Sharon McPhail and administrators with checkered pasts, is the only high school in Brightmoor. Other city neighborhoods face a glut of schools. Can a new commission bring order to Detroit’s chaotic school landscape?

Detroit schools and the $715-million Band-Aid

March 17, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

Seven reasons why Detroit Public Schools (and other Michigan districts) are destined for future deficits, even if their debts are erased now

In an African-American city, black clout wanes

March 10, 2016 | Bill McGraw

African Americans may now control who’s elected mayor or to city council, but nearly 50 years after racial despair led to deadly insurrection and rioting, a view persists that white political and business interests continue to steer the city’s course

Riot or rebellion? The debate over what to call the 1967 disorder continues

March 10, 2016 | Bill McGraw

Was it a riot or a rebellion? Or both? Nearly five decades after the last fire was extinguished, the discussion continues over what to call the events in Detroit during July 1967

A quick guide to the 1967 Detroit Riot

March 10, 2016 | Bill McGraw

Sunday, July 23 through Thursday, July 27: What happened, by the numbers.

In Iraq, a Detroit DJ fights ISIS on the airwaves

January 7, 2016 | Kurt Nagl

Noor Matti’s Christian-Iraqi family risked their lives to get to Detroit after the first Gulf War. Now Matti is relying on the values, and music, he learned in the Motor City to help struggling refugees.