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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.

Crime dips in Detroit. But ‘people do not feel safe,’ commissioner says.

March 5, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Violence remains a big impediment to Detroit’s comeback. Despite encouraging trends, there’s no ‘magic formula’ for Mayor Mike Duggan, a veteran police commissioner says.

Detroit neighborhoods are making progress, but not all feel the love

March 5, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Mayor Mike Duggan has made neighborhood revitalization a top priority, but the city’s priorities have prompted questions of equity.

Detroit is billing residents for rain. It’s going as well as you’d think.

March 4, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Facing major repairs, Detroit has revamped rates on treating stormwater. That’s led to astronomical rates, a lawsuit and familiar questions about equity in a rapidly changing city.

Mayor Mike Duggan says Detroit won’t be undercounted in 2020 Census

March 1, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit plans to hire 100 workers and raise $1.7 million to spread the word about the Census and ensure the city’s population is accurate.

Detroit’s decrepit schools could stall city comeback. Does Lansing care?

February 26, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit gets a credit upgrade, but analysts and experts warn that a $1.4 billion school maintenance bill will explode into a crisis unless lawmakers take action.

Slideshow: See the sorry state of Osborn High School in Detroit

February 26, 2019 | Anthony Lanzilote

Broken windows, crumbling ceiling tiles and faulty heating system. That’s life on Detroit’s east side, and the condition of it and other school could hinder the city’s comeback.

Detroit must build its middle class to make its comeback

February 19, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

A new report says Detroit is 25 percent middle class and needs 27,000 new black families earning $46,000 or more to stabilize neighborhoods.

Detroit is doing better. How much? That’s where experts disagree.

February 12, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

A nationally known urbanist and Detroit’s planning director debate how excited to get about the city’s comeback. Surprise, surprise. They disagree.

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