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.


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.

Wayne County residents unnecessarily losing homes to foreclosure

May 26, 2015 | Lester Graham

Advocates say the county is overestimating property values and that many people are losing their homes because they don’t know they can challenge their assessment.

Award-winning Detroit Journalism Cooperative to extend focus on city’s bankruptcy and its impact with new $500,000 Knight Foundation investment

May 14, 2015 | Bridge Staff

The Detroit Journalism Cooperative will extend its exploration of Detroit’s financial issues and engage citizens in finding solutions to challenges facing the city

In Detroit neighborhood showered with love, uncertainty remains

April 28, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Despite government and philanthropic attention, the eastside community of MorningSide remains a neighborhood on the brink

Detroit’s next hot neighborhood is hiding in plain sight

April 2, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Real-estate developers have discovered Milwaukee Junction, the semi-anonymous district northeast of Midtown. Will black Detroiters share in its revival?

12 signs of growing interest in Milwaukee Junction

April 2, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Real estate developers have descended on this long-ignored district to plan lofts, art galleries and other amenities in what many are predicting is the city’s next hot neighborhood.

Mapping out how Detroit is tackling a mountain of blight

March 24, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

Faced with derelict properties across the city, leaders choose a strategy that produces measurable results in a few, targeted neighborhoods.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Where Detroit is focusing on blight

March 24, 2015 | Bridge Staff

See which neighborhoods are getting the city's attention, and which are being ignored.