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.


Bridge-linked documentary on Detroit’s 1967 uprising hits Amazon Prime

June 13, 2019 | Bridge Staff

'12th and Clairmount' uses the words and home videos of black and white Detroiters to describe the combustible race relations that stoked the violence, leaving 43 people dead and entire neighborhoods in ruin.

Whites get half of mortgages in Detroit, nation’s largest majority black city

June 13, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Detroit’s mortgage market is back, but mortgages are disproportionately going to whites. Blacks are buying in suburbs instead. ‘It looks like they’ve given up’ on Detroit, one Realtor says.

Opinion | Detroit is booming. Too bad residents aren’t getting the jobs.

June 13, 2019 | Gary Sands

In five years, 31,000 jobs have been created in Detroit. But fewer residents are employed. The data suggests concerns over benefits of economic development initiatives are largely justified.

Nessel splits with Whitmer, sides with Detroit kids in literacy suit

June 7, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Michigan attorney general sides with Detroit children’s lawsuit against the state. ‘There are moments in our ... history when silence in the face of abhorrent circumstances is not an option,’ Nessel says.  

Down for so long, can Detroit remember how to include neighbors in growth?

June 3, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Detroit’s decline stripped neighborhood groups of power. As the city ascends, city hall manages most growth, fueling debate from Corktown to the city’s impoverished east side on the value of neighborhood voices.

Sheila Cockrel on Corktown’s transformation: ‘This is capitalism, baby’

June 3, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Former City Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel says she can’t disparage those in her neighborhood who are cashing in on peaking property values in the rising Detroit neighborhood.

These foundations have poured millions into Detroit childcare. They’re ready to ‘accelerate’.

May 31, 2019 | Koby Levin

A philanthropic initiative is pumping millions into childcare in Detroit — and hiring someone to accelerate the process.

Detroit serious about boosting census participation, Mayor Mike Duggan says

May 30, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Detroit is raising $3 million and plans to hire hundreds of workers to boost participation in the census, which provides $1,800 per person annually in federal funds.

Jeep deal promises Detroit 5,000 jobs. But will they go to Detroiters?

May 22, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroiters get first crack at jobs from $2.5B plants. But the skills gap could make it harder for them to get construction jobs to build the facility. 

She was born to fight – and did for 3 years without water in Detroit

May 14, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Fayette Coleman was tough as nails and endured an epic water shutoff. Now, activists wonder if that led to her death. Despite 100,000 shutoffs, no one knows because the issue is scarcely researched.

Gretchen Whitmer wants free college in Michigan. Can that cut skills gap?

April 24, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Michigan Business groups and even some Republicans back the Democratic governor’s plan to ease college access. But a Detroit study suggests free tuition plans are more apt to fail without extra support like counselors.

Detroit court’s bail system criminalizes being black and broke, suit claims

April 16, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

In Detroit, hundreds remain jailed even though they’ve never been convicted because they can’t afford bail. A lawsuit takes aim at 36th District Court.

Andre Agassi championed this Detroit charter school. Can it survive?

April 3, 2019 | Koby Levin

Southwest Detroit Community School opened with high hopes and deep funding in 2013. But the charter school has suffered a revolving door of teachers and administrators, and parents are leaving in droves.

Detroit studies restoring passenger trains to Michigan Central Station

April 3, 2019 | Joel Kurth, Chastity Pratt

Report should wrap up this month to determine costs, logistics of resuming Amtrak service at the historic station that had become a symbol of Detroit’s decline.

QLine well short of ridership goals and plagued by delays in Detroit

April 1, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Ridership is up and crashes are down for Detroit’s 3.3-mile streetcar. But on the best days, ridership is still only half of expectations.

Whitmer to Detroit chamber: ‘There is not enough pot to fill the potholes.’

March 15, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Governor brings budget tour to Detroit, asks for help getting GOP to support 45-cent gas tax to fix roads, schools, water

Fiat Chrysler promises 5,000 jobs. But not all Detroiters love the plan.

March 14, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Fiat Chrysler hosts its first community meeting for a massive investment on the eastside of Detroit. It could have gone better, with several neighbors doubting whether the deal would benefit nearby residents.

Tempers cool as Detroit charter commission gets to work – and gets sued

March 14, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit’s charter commission sets sights on water affordability, housing, planning and zoning, and is sued on claims it violated the state’s Open Meetings Act.

One in five Detroit rentals face eviction. Time to call in the lawyers?

March 12, 2019 | Joel Kurth

A coalition of foundations and law firms is calling for low-income renters to be represented by a lawyer at eviction hearings. In New York, a similar program actually saved the city money.

Memo to Mike Duggan: This is the real state of the City of Detroit

March 5, 2019 | Chastity Pratt, Mike Wilkinson

Key metrics measuring the health of Detroit –  income, home values, poverty, foreclosures – show real progress since Mike Duggan became mayor in 2013. But he also benefits from starting at one of the worst periods in the city’s history.