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.
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.
High taxes, low wages, yet the City of Detroit still drowns in debt. Here’s why the city faces long odds even after shedding bankruptcy debt.
Bankruptcy could offer an opportunity to trim taxes for the city’s beleaguered residents, who pay some of the highest income, utility and property taxes in the state.
Detroit is in the middle of the pack among the 51 international cities studied for how much of a tax burden they place on businesses.
Who gave Mayor Duggan $1 million? A Detroit Journalism Cooperative donation database answers this question and others.
Mayor Kilpatrick’s civic fund helped put him in prison. Gov. Snyder’s NERD fund brought only regret. But Mayor Duggan says his fund will be different.
The state-created board may be larger than necessary, but it has the funding to run its own numbers, rather than relying on the city to turn over information.
How are Detroit's buses running these days? We asked the people who depend on them day after day.
Set a goal, control the numbers, trumpet the results. That’s been Mike Duggan’s leadership playbook for two decades. Has he pushed his luck with Detroit?
Should we stay or should we go? A reporter’s notebook on living with crime in Detroit.
Detroit’s patchwork of traditional public and charter schools can be confusing to parents looking for a good fit. The resulting chaos led a group of parents to share information on promising schools.
Optimism is beginning to percolate across much of the city, as a can-do mayor attempts to make good on bold promises. Hard numbers are more difficult to come by.
In Detroit, there are stirrings of job growth in the usual places, but data is still scant on improving prospects for most city residents.
Mayor Duggan promised progress on lights, blight and buses and, by his office’s own count at least, there is progress.
A city’s quality of life can be hard to define, but a few steps forward could give Detroit residents a warm feeling about the future.
Six months in, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is focused intently on improving city services, selling himself to residents and consolidating power within the bankrupt city. Can the honeymoon last?
Putting aside deep concerns about Detroit’s path, Michigan voters say the city’s recovery is too important to state’s future to ignore. Bipartisan majorities support state funding to help Detroit retirees and save DIA art.
Like small communities across Michigan, Hillsdale is quietly laying off police, reducing services and watching its roads fall to pieces. And yet, there is support for state aid to Michigan’s largest city.