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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

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

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

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

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?

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.

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

Detroit schools' outdated curriculum sets students up to fail, audit finds

April 3, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

The Detroit school district has been using a curriculum that’s ‘an injustice to the children of Detroit’ — but it’s not alone.

Tax breaks for poor neighborhoods steered to booming pockets in Detroit

March 20, 2018 | Joel Kurth

A deadline is approaching to designate poor areas for tax breaks in Detroit and across the state. So why are some more affluent areas being included?

SE Michigan voters could see new mass transit plan on ballot in November

March 15, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans unveiled a new Southeast Michigan transportation plan after months of meetings with Macomb and Oakland county leaders

Banks are lending again in Detroit...if you live in the right neighborhood

March 15, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Mortgages are up more than a third in the city, but the housing comeback has left out entire swaths of Detroit. City leaders urge patience.

Dan Gilbert says a Detroit housing fix is vital. Here are 5 obstacles.

March 15, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Five reasons why mortgage lending is so tricky in the Motor City, and a few things being done to overcome the hurdles.

Goodbye to Delray, the Detroit enclave residents are getting paid to leave

March 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit is offering new homes to residents to leave a tucked-away, forlorn corner of the city to make way for the Gordie Howe International Bridge

Fond memories and burned homes: Slideshow

March 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Once a haven for Hungarian immigrants, the slice of Southwest Detroit is hanging by a thread in the future home of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Explore the neighborhood through this slideshow.

Duggan hits reverse, now supports Gretchen Whitmer for Michigan governor

February 28, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

A month after trying to woo other Democrats to run against Whitmer, Detroit’s mayor threw his enviable political muscle behind the party frontrunner

Detroit council isn’t a stooge for Mayor Mike Duggan, its president says

February 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Just because the Detroit City Council isn’t a laughingstock doesn’t mean its members are a rubber stamp for the mayor, Brenda Jones insists.

Sweeping study proposes major changes to how Michigan schools are funded

February 8, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

Group wants more money for students living in poverty and disabilities. But will it fly?

As mass transit talks slow, will Wayne, Washtenaw counties go it alone?

February 6, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

A few weeks ago, a breakthrough was near for a regional transit plan in southeast Michigan. Now, talks have frayed, and some wonder if a smaller plan is better than none.

Detroit is violent. But is constant video surveillance the answer?

January 11, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Police state or good government? That’s the debate as Detroit considers requiring businesses install live camera feeds.

Breakthrough nears on mass transit tax in southeast Michigan

January 4, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Elected officials this month to propose changes to the Regional Transit Authority in anticipation of November tax request.

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