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Is gentrification helping or dividing Detroit?

April 20, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Two writers discuss gentrification. One sees inequality. The other, glimmers of hope.

Welcome to the New Detroit, white people. So long, poor folks.

April 20, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

New book argues City Hall is picking winners and losers. And longtime residents are out of luck.

Bring on the wealthy to ease inequality in Detroit

April 20, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Scholar argues that neighborhoods thrive when rich and poor live together.

Detroit scales back drain fees after churches balk

April 20, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

The city reduces controversial surcharge after religious leaders balk.

‘The Intersection’ book explores race, rebellion and the damage done in 1967 Detroit

April 19, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

Compilation from Bridge and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative measures how much has changed since deadly days of 1967. It goes on sale today. Get your copy in one click.

'The Intersection': ORDER TODAY

April 19, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Click here to order your copy of our latest, book, "The Intersection." Fifty years after anger and frustration over police-community relations boiled over into a rebellion in Detroit, there are lots of people asking what we’ve learned, how we’ve changed.

Top of the pecking order: Meet your Detroit Chicken

April 18, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Which came first, the artist or the egg? High art generates a new breed of chicken for a Detroit urban farm.

That Detroit rarity: a home mortgage

March 30, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Can you call it a comeback if mortgages are only written in a few communities? Several years into a downtown recovery, neighborhood mortgage lending remains “pathetic.”

One promise Mike Duggan can’t keep?

March 30, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit’s mayor has said early and often he should be judged by whether Detroit gains population. So far, it hasn’t.

How Trump can help Detroit

February 22, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Suffice to say, Detroit did not go Donald Trump’s way last November. But the new president promised to bring more jobs, better schools and safer streets to African-American communities. We asked Detroit residents and civic leaders what making Detroit great again might look like.

Detroit churches face off with mayor over spike in water bills

February 2, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Noah had to deal with a deluge. So do Detroit faith leaders, in the form of sharply rising bills to cover stormwater runoff. The city is offering help, but some say they fear closure.

How one businesswoman is drawing inspiration from a legendary madam

February 1, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Bailey Sisoy Isgro never knew Helen McGowan, the infamous “Motor City Madam,” whose women catered to Detroit’s discretion-seeking power brokers. But her brothel is fueling another potent business.

Refugees in Michigan by the numbers

January 31, 2017 | Sandra Svoboda

People from six of seven countries named in President Trump’s temporary immigration ban have come to Michigan in the last 15 years. Here are the data.

Black flight to suburbs masks lingering segregation in metro Detroit

December 6, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Residential racism may be less overt than in the 1960s, but whites still live among whites, and blacks among blacks, 50 years after the violence of 1967.

Will Detroit school board candidates choose to fight or unite?

October 25, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

Some of the 63 candidates for school board want to carry on the fight against the state’s financial oversight. Others vow to work within the state’s restrictions. See our database on each candidate.

The War on Crime, not crime itself, fueled Detroit’s post-1967 decline

October 18, 2016 | Bill McGraw

In this Q-and-A, historian and National Book Award finalist Heather Ann Thompson argues that draconian police tactics in black Detroit neighborhoods had as much to do with the city’s decimation as white flight and lost jobs

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