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.


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.