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.


Meet Detroit’s creditors

March 27, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Detroit owes thousands of people, businesses and banks roughly $18 billion. Does it owe you? Scan the Bridge database for the names of city creditors and what they’re due.

Detroit creditor winners and losers

March 27, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

A bankruptcy judge has yet to sign off on Detroit’s proposal for paying thousands of creditors. But there are signs of who is likely to benefit most when the bankruptcy dust settles.

Shinola’s place in Detroit’s future

March 27, 2014 | Alexander Moroz

Jacques Panis, president of the Detroit watch and bicycle maker, offers a wish list of businesses he’d like to see in Detroit.

Graffiti’s role in the revival of Michigan cities

March 20, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

Across Michigan, the writing’s on the wall. How you feel about graffiti depends on your age, your attitude, and whether you mind spray paint in an urban landscape.

A choice for cities: Destroy graffiti or restrict it

March 20, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

Some cities now have safe zones for legal graffiti in a bid to contain it. Whether graffiti writers will comply is another question.

Michigan Radio: Being broke makes Detroit get creative

March 10, 2014 | Lester Graham

For Detroit, municipal bankruptcy has made the world aware of what Michigan already knew: Detroit is broke. No matter how it turns out, bankruptcy is not going to change things very quickly. Detroit will still be broke. Lester Graham with Michigan Watch reports that’s going to force the city to get creative.

All eyes on Belle Isle as state takes control

February 5, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

As Detroit’s historic island park transitions to state control, upgrades are being watched closely by city residents, including many who remain wary of the motives of state government.

Detroit’s bankruptcy has Skillman Foundation rethinking investments

February 5, 2014 | Eddie B. Allen Jr.

Bridge has a Q-and-A with new Skillman chief Tonya Allen, who talks about the challenges facing her hometown.

DPTV: Detroit Journalism Cooperative

January 31, 2014 | MiWeek/Detroit Public TV

MiWeek host Christy McDonald takes a look at the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, a new partnership launched this week between non-profit media organizations throughout southeast Michigan, including DPTV.

Benchmark Detroit: Charting Detroit’s path from rock bottom

January 29, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Mayor Duggan vows to improve services in six months. We have broader ambitions – to mark where Detroit stands today on jobs, safety and other key measures, then hold leaders accountable in the year ahead.

Benchmark: City services

January 29, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit’s new mayor and City Council are taking ownership of fixing street lights, blight and bus service within six months. Can they succeed where others failed?

Benchmark: Public safety

January 29, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Money may not solve everything, but it would sure help ordinary Detroiters when they need working fire trucks, ambulances and police cars. Bankruptcy savings may provide a real boost.

Benchmark: Jobs

January 29, 2014 | Rick Haglund

High unemployment and a modestly educated workforce present a tough challenge. A push to attract highly skilled immigrants may boost job hopes.

Benchmark: Schools

January 29, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

Decades of reform have failed to boost student learning in Detroit’s struggling public schools. Will improved teacher training help?

Benchmark: Livability

January 29, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

What makes a city appealing can’t always be measured: Community spirit. Inviting parks. A vibrant cultural scene. Now, if only leaders could do something about Detroit’s insurance and tax rates.

Editor's note: Introducing the Detroit Journalism Cooperative

January 29, 2014 | David Zeman

Michigan’s most trusted nonprofit news organizations are joining forces to produce data-driven journalism on Detroit’s financial crisis – and the road ahead.