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.


After a year, safe drinking water is flowing again at Detroit schools

August 30, 2019 | Lori Higgins

Detroit’s public district returns a back-to-school essential most take for granted: running water. Last year, schools shut the tap after the discovery of lead and copper.

Detroit shut off water to 11,800 homes this year. Most are still off.

August 19, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Records show 62 percent of Detroit residential shutoffs were without service as of Aug. 1. The vast majority had gone a week or more, contradicting claims that the city restores nearly all water within 48 hours.

How to get help with Detroit water payments and avoid shutoffs

August 19, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Every year, thousands of Detroit customers are disconnected for nonpayment. Many resources exist for help. Here is what is available.

As the forest moves back in, pollen is on the rise in Detroit

August 16, 2019 | Lucas Joel

For the first time, researchers are pinpointing where pollen levels are the highest to help residents with allergies and asthma protect themselves.

Can Mike Duggan demolish his way to a safer Detroit? Studies say maybe

August 12, 2019 | Robin Erb

Two studies suggest homicides and aggravated assaults in Detroit dropped more in areas with moderate demolitions. The research, while inconclusive, comes as the mayor prepares to ask voters for more money for the demo blitz.

Detroit police chief defends new facial recognition policy; protests continue

August 1, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit Police Commission could vote in two weeks on controversial surveillance policy.  

Detroit battle over video surveillance reaches fever pitch as crime falls

July 15, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

An emotional battle over facial recognition software has come to Detroit, one of the nation’s most violent cities, amid questions over the technology’s racial bias.

The University of Michigan invested big in Detroit. Now come the evictions.

July 12, 2019 | Sarah Alvarez

U-M’s endowment’s investment in a firm that buys and renovates tax-foreclosed homes in Detroit is prompting evictions and big equity questions in a rapidly changing city. 

Michigan desperate for Pre-K educators. And pays them poverty wages.

June 19, 2019 | Koby Levin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plans for free preschool for all 4-year-olds depends on attracting more qualified teachers. That may be difficult since many make less than workers at McDonald’s.

Thanks for making Detroit cool, artists. Here’s your eviction.

June 18, 2019 | Joel Kurth

As rising rents displace artists in Detroit, an ownership change and evictions at the onetime headquarters of the Grand River Creative Corridor sparks a debate about gentrification.

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.