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Detroit shut water to 1 in 10 homes this year. Yes, that’s progress.

Detroit shut water to 1 in 10 homes this year. Yes, that’s progress.

December 5, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Since 2014, the city has shut taps on 100,000 homes. Even so, shutoffs are way down this year.

A fight for teachers weakens Detroit schools.

A fight for teachers weakens Detroit schools.

November 30, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

Teacher shortages and poaching of talent among traditional and charter schools hurts students in the low-performing school district.

Garlin Gilchrist to seek recount in Detroit clerk loss

Garlin Gilchrist to seek recount in Detroit clerk loss

November 21, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit city clerk candidate who lost by 1,482 votes wants absentee votes recounted.

 A lawsuit and recount threats. Yes, it’s Detroit post-election season.

A lawsuit and recount threats. Yes, it’s Detroit post-election season.

November 20, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

Democracy isn’t pretty. It’s even less so in Detroit, so experts are urging audits of balloting to restore faith in elections.

Detroit election issues (surprise!) could prompt recount

Detroit election issues (surprise!) could prompt recount

November 8, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Clerk candidate Garlin Gilchrist says he’s concerned about reports of irregularities and may seek a recount in his narrow loss Tuesday.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan wins big. Does he have a mandate?

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan wins big. Does he have a mandate?

November 8, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

Few surprises in Detroit, Flint and other cities. Here are takeaways from Tuesday’s elections.

American dream, Mexican nightmare: A Michigan mom’s life after deportation.

American dream, Mexican nightmare: A Michigan mom’s life after deportation.

November 2, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

She grew up in America, married an American and had an American baby. Her story could hold lessons to Dreamers worried about deportation. (video)

They grew up in the United States. They’re finding a better life abroad.

They grew up in the United States. They’re finding a better life abroad.

November 2, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

Undocumented immigrants are increasingly ‘self-deporting,’ returning to Mexico or other countries and forsaking the American Dream. (video)

Detroit deportee adjusts to Mexico’s poverty. 'You can’t believe it'

Detroit deportee adjusts to Mexico’s poverty. 'You can’t believe it'

November 2, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

Deportation split his family in two. Now, he’s surrounded by shanties and homes without running water. (video)

Detroit schools compete for teachers. As usual, the students suffer.

Detroit schools compete for teachers. As usual, the students suffer.

October 26, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

Rampant turnover has schools yearning for teachers and turning to bonuses and penalties. Research shows the instability is bad for kids.

Miss the Detroit mayoral debate? You can watch right here

Miss the Detroit mayoral debate? You can watch right here

October 24, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Watch the debate right here on Bridge with the incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan and challenger state Senator Coleman Young II.

Is Detroit coming back? It depends on the neighborhood.

Is Detroit coming back? It depends on the neighborhood.

October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine examines four corners of Detroit. The numbers say the city is improving. The people sometimes tell another story.

Warrendale: ‘I don’t feel like we’re part of a renaissance’

Warrendale: ‘I don’t feel like we’re part of a renaissance’

October 17, 2017 | Nancy Derringer, Joel Kurth

Cheap homes are attracting new residents. But dumping, crime and a feeling of disconnection from City Hall pervade this far-west neighborhood.

Osborn: Bulldozing gives hope in crime-ridden corner

Osborn: Bulldozing gives hope in crime-ridden corner

October 17, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

City Hall has spent four years demolishing hundreds of homes in this northeast neighborhood. Many more remain.

Islandview: New development, fears of displacement

Islandview: New development, fears of displacement

October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Nancy Derringer

Detroit is planning big changes to a little neighborhood near Belle Isle. Some wonder who will benefit.

Bagley: New residents, more investment, old worries

Bagley: New residents, more investment, old worries

October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Nancy Derringer

In one of city’s most self-reliant neighborhoods, City Hall plans improvements as old brick homes get new owners.

Q&A: Meet the man reimagining Detroit, one vacant lot at a time

Q&A: Meet the man reimagining Detroit, one vacant lot at a time

October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Maurice Cox’s plan for the city: Make its biggest weakness a strength.

Owe taxes? That’s OK. Wayne County will still sell you foreclosed homes.

Owe taxes? That’s OK. Wayne County will still sell you foreclosed homes.

October 12, 2017 | Sarah Alvarez

A law was supposed to stop land speculators from buying homes at tax auctions. It hasn’t worked out that way.

Diary of a longshot: Inside Coleman Young’s no-frills bid for Detroit mayor.

Diary of a longshot: Inside Coleman Young’s no-frills bid for Detroit mayor.

October 10, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

He has a name, but little money. So Young relies on his speeches in his uphill climb to unseat incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan.

Detroit police improve response times. But not all neighborhoods are equal.

Detroit police improve response times. But not all neighborhoods are equal.

October 3, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

A Bridge analysis shows that police responses to emergencies are roughly the same in all neighborhoods, but vary wildly for lesser crimes.

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