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.
Laws passed to prevent terrorism and identity theft have made it harder to get the state-issued ID needed to escape poverty. A peek inside the poverty trap.
Once steamy and seedy, a North End sauna has booted the swingers and is investing big money in rehab work. Can it be a Detroit spa destination?
Architecture buff turns postcard collection into picture book. Take a peek at the fabulous and familiar with 11 images from Detroit’s colorful past.
Detroit’s new superintendent only gets three hours’ sleep per night. There’s no time to waste if he’s going to fix a district pushed to the brink.
Downtown and Midtown Detroit get more tax breaks and investment than neighborhoods. Why? That’s where the good jobs are.
The controversial singer weighs in on protests that began after a Bridge Magazine column criticizing his concerts this week at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena.
Detroit’s middle class is shrinking and poverty remains rampant, but neighborhoods are stabilizing, a new report shows.
The city’s neighborhoods are still in need of many improvements, but they’re getting striped set-asides for cyclists. Transportation evolution or an amenity for the few?
A popular rewards program is set to vanish at year’s end. Homeowners, firefighters and insurers could feel the effects statewide.
Michigan’s failed presidential recount last year wasn’t an aberration. It’s part of a pattern that has some concerned about the integrity of elections.
Three black teens died at the Algiers 50 years ago today. So did faith in justice for their families.
Bill Scott threw the first bottle at police, an act that encouraged violent uprisings by black Detroiters in 1967. His son grew up thinking his race didn’t matter. Until one night, suddenly, it did.
With the release of “Detroit,” director Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the killings of three black teens during the 1967 unrest, the lawyer who successfully defended several infamous white Detroit officers looks back with indifference toward his critics.
Additional showings of “12th and Clairmount,” a documentary produced by the Detroit Free Press in collaboration with Bridge and WXYZ-TV, have been scheduled as the 50th anniversary of the unrest of 1967 approaches.
Mike Duggan is the latest Detroit mayor to measure success by tearing down homes. Two scholars debate whether the strategy works.
An urban planning professor argues that Detroit has knocked down more homes than any other city in past 50 years – and has little to show for it.
An urban policy expert says the city needs to ask difficult questions about which areas can be saved in era of diminishing revenues.
Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham tags along as a neighborhood police officer completes his rounds in the city’s MorningSide community.
This is what it’s like to teach in a classroom with too many children, books that don’t arrive until March, and no help because there not enough teachers.
A get-tough approach is sending scofflaws to jail for unpaid misdemeanor tickets. But it costs the county more to jail them than it generates for the city in ticket revenue and, now, even the sheriff is complaining.