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.


In a city filled with blight, one Detroit neighborhood gets help while another waits

March 24, 2015 | Bill McGraw

Detroit officials must pick winners and losers in deciding which areas get homes demolished first. Those that must wait: neighborhoods already too far gone.

Landing a job isn’t the end of obstacles facing one Detroit mom

March 24, 2015 | Lester Graham

For ordinary Detroiters like Fatima Mixon, finding a job is just the first step. Securing transportation to get to work can feel like winning the lottery. In Mixon’s case, that’s exactly what happened.

For one Detroit mom, a complicated path to employment

March 19, 2015 | Lester Graham

Fatima Mixon is one of many jobless Detroiters struggling to learn new skills to support her family. Can she overcome the obstacles of daily life?

Detroit by the numbers – the truth about poverty

March 19, 2015 | Sandra Svoboda

Separating fact from fiction, the Detroit Journalism Cooperative digs into the difference between what’s enough money to survive versus the amount needed to be stable.

A bump in deliberations over Detroit schools

March 17, 2015 | Chastity Pratt

Resignation offers piercing criticism, insider glimpse into high-powered coalition studying Detroit’s schools.

Big ambitions for Detroit’s M-1 Rail system

February 24, 2015 | Matt Harding

Boosters promise the streetcar system, now under construction along Woodward Avenue, will spur downtown revitalization, brushing aside critics who fear another People Mover.

In Detroit, city hall tries a new approach: helping

January 15, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Detroit’s newly minted Department of Neighborhoods has unleashed a squadron of district managers, pledging to respond to residents’ calls that went unanswered for decades.

Detroit’s neighborhood fixers, by the numbers

January 15, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Mayor Mike Duggan’s Department of Neighborhoods measures success in vacant-lot sales, cleanups and complaints answered.

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

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

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

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.

A new Ford Field

December 11, 2014 | Bridge Staff

A sparkling baseball diamond for kids is rounding into shape on Detroit’s west side, a $1.4 million neighborhood gift from UAW-Ford.

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

November 20, 2014 | Bridge Staff

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

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

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.

Making Detroit’s streets safer

October 23, 2014 | Chelsea Maralason

The Motor City was designed for residents who buy and drive cars and trucks. But those planning Detroit’s future envision a design that is more friendly and safe for pedestrians, bikers and people using public transportation.

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.

Interactive graphic: Hipster map of Detroit

August 21, 2014 | Bridge Staff

Detroit’s downtown areas are being transformed by an influx of new people and businesses. Here’s a guide to some key developments.