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.


Duggan donor database: Big-time, Super PAC money comes to Motown

July 22, 2014 | Sandra Svoboda

Who gave Mayor Duggan $1 million? A Detroit Journalism Cooperative donation database answers this question and others.

New private Duggan fund to support 'Detroit’s agenda'

July 22, 2014 | Sandra Svoboda, Mike Wilkinson

Mayor Kilpatrick’s civic fund helped put him in prison. Gov. Snyder’s NERD fund brought only regret. But Mayor Duggan says his fund will be different.

Is Detroit’s financial oversight board too big to succeed?

July 10, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

The state-created board may be larger than necessary, but it has the funding to run its own numbers, rather than relying on the city to turn over information.

VIDEO: How is Detroit's public transportation doing under Duggan?

June 26, 2014 | Bridge Staff

How are Detroit's buses running these days? We asked the people who depend on them day after day.

Mike Duggan and the selling of Detroit 2014

June 26, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Set a goal, control the numbers, trumpet the results. That’s been Mike Duggan’s leadership playbook for two decades. Has he pushed his luck with Detroit?

Benchmark: Public safety

June 26, 2014 | Sarah Hulett

Should we stay or should we go? A reporter’s notebook on living with crime in Detroit.

Benchmark: Schools

June 26, 2014 | Sarah Cwiek

Detroit’s patchwork of traditional public and charter schools can be confusing to parents looking for a good fit. The resulting chaos led a group of parents to share information on promising schools.

Benchmark Detroit: Six months later

June 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Optimism is beginning to percolate across much of the city, as a can-do mayor attempts to make good on bold promises. Hard numbers are more difficult to come by.

Benchmark: Jobs

June 24, 2014 | Rick Haglund

In Detroit, there are stirrings of job growth in the usual places, but data is still scant on improving prospects for most city residents.

Benchmark: City services

June 24, 2014 | Lester Graham

Mayor Duggan promised progress on lights, blight and buses and, by his office’s own count at least, there is progress.

Benchmark: Livability

June 24, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

A city’s quality of life can be hard to define, but a few steps forward could give Detroit residents a warm feeling about the future.

Even with limited powers, Duggan in control

June 24, 2014 | Lester Graham

Six months in, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is focused intently on improving city services, selling himself to residents and consolidating power within the bankrupt city. Can the honeymoon last?

State should send help to Detroit, Michigan voters say

May 13, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

Putting aside deep concerns about Detroit’s path, Michigan voters say the city’s recovery is too important to state’s future to ignore. Bipartisan majorities support state funding to help Detroit retirees and save DIA art.

In Hillsdale, crumbling streets but support for fixing state’s 'eyesore'

May 13, 2014 | Ron French

Like small communities across Michigan, Hillsdale is quietly laying off police, reducing services and watching its roads fall to pieces. And yet, there is support for state aid to Michigan’s largest city.

Dennis Archer: Supporting Detroit benefits entire state

May 13, 2014 | Ron French

Detroit’s former mayor argues that the city’s negative image brings down all of Michigan – even hundreds of miles away.

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.