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Detroit cut a deal to lure the Pistons downtown. Can the team help the city win?

Detroit cut a deal to lure the Pistons downtown. Can the team help the city win?

June 20, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

The nation’s poorest big city gave the Pistons millions in financial incentives. The team is giving big to education, arts and food charities. But is it enough?

Detroit gave big tax breaks for jobs. Too bad they pay so little.

Detroit gave big tax breaks for jobs. Too bad they pay so little.

June 20, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Developments were given tens of millions in tax credits to build in Detroit, only to create jobs that pay $10 an hour. Not enough for residents to enjoy dining or entertainment in their own city. Increasingly, city officials are saying ‘enough.’

As caregivers struggle to make ends meet, 28K Detroit kids go without care

As caregivers struggle to make ends meet, 28K Detroit kids go without care

June 20, 2018 | Kimberly Hayes Taylor

Low pay is one reason Detroit is considered a ‘child care desert,’ and the situation is getting worse: 200 home providers went out of business in the past 12 months.

Is Detroit finally turning the corner?

Is Detroit finally turning the corner?

June 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Rising rents and tax breaks for developers revive Detroit gentrification fears. But city insiders also note easier access to loans and new business in some long-dormant neighborhoods.  

Poverty is Detroit’s biggest problem. Gentrification doesn’t come close.

Poverty is Detroit’s biggest problem. Gentrification doesn’t come close.

June 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth

In a new book, scholar Alan Mallach argues Detroit should welcome newcomers and spend more money training workers and less money building stadiums.

Is your Detroit neighborhood primed for a rebound? (interactive map)

Is your Detroit neighborhood primed for a rebound? (interactive map)

June 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Nearly 10,000 blocks of Detroit have been studied to determine whether home values are likely to surge, or are too far gone. How does yours fare?

A year in with a new superintendent, a skeptical Detroit teacher has hope

A year in with a new superintendent, a skeptical Detroit teacher has hope

June 5, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

A veteran first-grade teacher has seen her classroom shrink from 37 students to 23, and teachers now have more time to plan lessons.

Foreclosed for the cost of an iPhone. That’s life in Wayne County.

Foreclosed for the cost of an iPhone. That’s life in Wayne County.

May 17, 2018 | Sarah Alvarez

Tax foreclosures are decreasing in Detroit, but residents are still losing their homes for less than $1,000 debts.

Listen: Bridge discusses low ridership of Detroit’s QLine streetcar

Listen: Bridge discusses low ridership of Detroit’s QLine streetcar

May 4, 2018 | Bridge Staff

The first year of Detroit’s first mass transit in a half-century saw frequent stoppages and low ridership. Hear a conversation about the QLine’s troubles

Michigan leaders want to make crumbling Detroit fort into national park

Michigan leaders want to make crumbling Detroit fort into national park

May 3, 2018 | Joel Kurth

A movement is afoot to grant protected status to Historic Fort Wayne in time for the opening of the Gordie Howe International Bridge in Detroit.

Along Detroit River, city treasures and rare cars hidden in bubble wrap

Along Detroit River, city treasures and rare cars hidden in bubble wrap

May 3, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Coleman Young’s limo and Lee Iacocca’s Lincoln are stashed in a discreet warehouse on Detroit's Historic Fort Wayne, which some want to make a national park. (slideshow)

A new bridge is dawning in Detroit. Matty Moroun isn’t the only one unhappy.

A new bridge is dawning in Detroit. Matty Moroun isn’t the only one unhappy.

May 3, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Detroit's Delray neighborhood is dying by the day to make room for the Gordie Howe International Bridge crossing to Canada. But not everyone says they’re getting a fair shake.

A truck ferry offers a rare, gorgeous glimpse of Detroit River

A truck ferry offers a rare, gorgeous glimpse of Detroit River

May 3, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Slideshow: The Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry offers a vista of Detroit’s industrial past and future that is rarely seen elsewhere.

One year in, Detroit’s QLine falling well short of expectations

One year in, Detroit’s QLine falling well short of expectations

May 1, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

The streetcar system attracted barely half of its projected riders for several months. Operators are confident it will become an asset.

Guns share spotlight with budget woes at Michigan school convention

Guns share spotlight with budget woes at Michigan school convention

April 19, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Amid seminars on retirement costs and finance, budget officials learn how to ward off a gunman during a school conference in Detroit. Another colorful stop on the Michigan Truth Tour.

Listen: Discussion on poaching of Detroit police who received free training

Listen: Discussion on poaching of Detroit police who received free training

April 17, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Listen to Chastity Pratt-Dawsey discuss efforts in Lansing to allow Detroit to recoup training money from new cops who split for suburban departments.

Podcast flips script, puts mic in hands of Detroit neighborhood residents

Podcast flips script, puts mic in hands of Detroit neighborhood residents

April 11, 2018 | April Van Buren

Residents of the MorningSide neighborhood are telling their own stories and crafting their own narratives.

Facing police shortage, Detroit seeks to stop new cops from jumping ship

Facing police shortage, Detroit seeks to stop new cops from jumping ship

April 10, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

For years, Detroit has trained police recruits only to watch them split for the suburbs. A proposed bill would require them to repay the city.

Detroit is ranked worst on the national exam. Again. Can schools improve?

Detroit is ranked worst on the national exam. Again. Can schools improve?

April 10, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

In 2015, Detroit posted the worst NAEP test scores in the nation. Two years later, scores are worse.

Detroit finally has money to hire teachers. Good luck finding them.

Detroit finally has money to hire teachers. Good luck finding them.

April 3, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Short on teachers and promising all schools can get gym and art classes next year, Detroit officials are traveling the nation to find teachers

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