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.


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.

Detroit music battles ISIS (and suffering) in northern Iraq

January 7, 2016 | Bridge Staff

A day in the life of DJ and Detroit music booster Noor Matti in Iraq

A year post-bankruptcy, Detroit still has a long to-do list

December 8, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

The nation’s largest Chapter 9 proceeding left Michigan’s biggest city standing on its own legs again, but those legs are shaky. Detroit Journalism Cooperative members look at how the stakeholders are doing.

Repopulating Detroit: City still welcoming to immigrants and refugees

December 8, 2015 | Ali Harb

Despite calls for putting a “pause” on accepting refugees in light of recent terror attacks, Detroit officials tout the many ways newcomers can contribute to the city’s resurgence.

To rebuild Detroit, restore the schools

December 1, 2015 | Chastity Pratt

As state leaders contemplate the next, new education plan for Detroit students, parents warn that more families will leave if the schools don’t improve.

Tracking progress in Detroit police response times a fool’s errand

November 10, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

Detroit touts huge reductions in police response times as evidence the city is keeping residents safer since the days before bankruptcy. But records obtained by Bridge show that grading the department’s gains is nearly impossible.

How Snyder’s plan to fix Detroit school debt impacts other districts

October 27, 2015 | Chastity Pratt

There is a growing acknowledgement in Lansing that the debt that accumulated in Detroit’s schools while under state oversight should be borne by the state.

A Chaldean enclave in Detroit yearns for Syrian refugees

October 15, 2015 | Merinda Valley, Bill McGraw

An Arab-American and Chaldean group sees refugees as the centerpiece of a neighborhood revival. But Detroit’s mayor, and the city’s suburbs, may have other plans.

New Detroit-Windsor bridge crossing raises traffic exhaust concerns

October 6, 2015 | Natasha Dado

The Gordie Howe International Bridge will bring opportunities to southwest Detroit, but also an increase in truck traffic in neighborhoods that are already heavily polluted.

Redesigning Detroit: Mayor Duggan's blueprint unveiled

August 18, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Mayor Duggan and his new planning director are quietly redrawing boundaries to join stable neighborhoods with blighted areas to transform both

Detroit struggling to create jobs outside of downtown

August 6, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

The city’s so-called ‘jobs desert’ is exacerbated by poor mass transit that makes it difficult for residents in outer neighborhoods to find work. What Mayor Duggan is doing to try to fix the problem.

Shh! Detroit’s little-known success story: Its parks are getting better

July 14, 2015 | Bill McGraw

An infusion of post-bankruptcy cash means cutting the grass and making improvements, even as the city is quietly closing other parks.

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.

Could a good deal for Detroit drivers spell the end of Michigan no-fault?

July 2, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

Mayor Mike Duggan’s fight against insanely high auto insurance rates is winning fans in the city. With a skeptical Legislature, though, that may not be enough.

Seeing red: some of the state’s poorest pay the highest insurance rates

July 2, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

Personal injury protection rates on auto insurance vary wildly across the state, which one state senator blasts as “redlining.” Use our interactive map to see who’s getting a good deal, and who’s, um, not.

Bittersweet relief in city’s doorless, unisex restrooms

June 16, 2015 | Bridge Staff

A no-frills toilet in one city park has proven indestructible to vandals, yet potentially mortifying to patrons. Has Detroit prototyped the public restroom of the future?

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.

A cycling track for the Motor City

June 10, 2015 | Bridge Staff

An Olympic-style velodrome may not have been the first priority for Detroit urban planners, but one developer is betting Detroit kids will flock to his project.

Meet a Detroit neighborhood that’s not waiting for city help

May 28, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Like many impoverished, obscure corners of Detroit, the neighborhood of Eden Gardens knows it can’t afford to wait for the cavalry to arrive. While residents are eager for blight removal, they’re not waiting for the city to fix their community.