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 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.

You can’t spell gentrification without gentry

August 21, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

What is this thing called gentrification – displacement or improvement?

Detroit newcomers get tax credits, old timers get water shutoffs

August 21, 2014 | Zoë Villegas

It is impossible to accept that the lives of Detroiters and newcomers are equal when the majority of the city’s African-American population are experiencing a quality of life so low that the United Nations is speaking up.

Bolting the ‘burbs for the thrill of Detroit

August 21, 2014 | Tim Smith

Yes, the infusion of new money, new faces and new business to downtown Detroit is good for the city.

Detroit fire union drops 50-year battle to keep seniority-only promotions

July 29, 2014 | Bill McGraw

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.

Can Detroit pay its bills after bankruptcy?

July 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

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.

Giving Detroiters a tax break

July 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

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 taxes friendlier to businesses than to residents

July 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

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.

Duggan donor database: Big-time, Super PAC money comes to Motown

July 22, 2014 | Sandra Svoboda

Who gave Mayor Duggan $1 million? A Detroit Journalism Cooperative donation database answers this question and others.

New private Duggan fund to support 'Detroit’s agenda'

July 22, 2014 | Sandra Svoboda, Mike Wilkinson

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.

Is Detroit’s financial oversight board too big to succeed?

July 10, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

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.

VIDEO: How is Detroit's public transportation doing under Duggan?

June 26, 2014 | Bridge Staff

How are Detroit's buses running these days? We asked the people who depend on them day after day.

Mike Duggan and the selling of Detroit 2014

June 26, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

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?

Benchmark: Public safety

June 26, 2014 | Sarah Hulett

Should we stay or should we go? A reporter’s notebook on living with crime in Detroit.

Benchmark: Schools

June 26, 2014 | Sarah Cwiek

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.

Benchmark Detroit: Six months later

June 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

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.

Benchmark: Jobs

June 24, 2014 | Rick Haglund

In Detroit, there are stirrings of job growth in the usual places, but data is still scant on improving prospects for most city residents.

Benchmark: City services

June 24, 2014 | Lester Graham

Mayor Duggan promised progress on lights, blight and buses and, by his office’s own count at least, there is progress.

Benchmark: Livability

June 24, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

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.