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.
Faced with derelict properties across the city, leaders choose a strategy that produces measurable results in a few, targeted neighborhoods.
See which neighborhoods are getting the city's attention, and which are being ignored.
Detroit officials must pick winners and losers in deciding which areas get homes demolished first. Those that must wait: neighborhoods already too far gone.
For ordinary Detroiters like Fatima Mixon, finding a job is just the first step. Securing transportation to get to work can feel like winning the lottery. In Mixon’s case, that’s exactly what happened.
Fatima Mixon is one of many jobless Detroiters struggling to learn new skills to support her family. Can she overcome the obstacles of daily life?
Separating fact from fiction, the Detroit Journalism Cooperative digs into the difference between what’s enough money to survive versus the amount needed to be stable.
Resignation offers piercing criticism, insider glimpse into high-powered coalition studying Detroit’s schools.
Boosters promise the streetcar system, now under construction along Woodward Avenue, will spur downtown revitalization, brushing aside critics who fear another People Mover.
Detroit’s newly minted Department of Neighborhoods has unleashed a squadron of district managers, pledging to respond to residents’ calls that went unanswered for decades.
Mayor Mike Duggan’s Department of Neighborhoods measures success in vacant-lot sales, cleanups and complaints answered.
Michigan Radio asked photographer Ali Lapetina to traverse Detroit one day; she returned with this gallery of a city in motion
When a fence went up around a cherished community park, residents thought gentrification might be the culprit. But it turns out a neighborhood development group is making the park better.
Thousands of positions in construction, healthcare, information technology and other high-growth fields are finally coming as Detroit emerges from bankruptcy. But a rollback in job programs and an educational system that leaves many young adults short on reading and math skills means many Detroiters can’t even quality for job training.
Detroit Public Schools once served thousands of students daily at vocational -technical career centers. Declining enrollment and high school closures led to cuts. DPS is now re-inventing the trade schools.
A sparkling baseball diamond for kids is rounding into shape on Detroit’s west side, a $1.4 million neighborhood gift from UAW-Ford.
In a Belgian hangout on the east side, players of an obscure game say farewell to a beloved league member.
The Forest Arms, the grande dame of apartments in Detroit’s Midtown, is being reborn from its burned-out grave. At age 109, there is much work to be done. But geothermal wells?
The sudden closing this summer of a road leading from Detroit into Grosse Pointe Park reignited accusations that Detroit’s largely African-American and poor population was not welcome. Residents on both sides are pushing for change.
The Motor City was designed for residents who buy and drive cars and trucks. But those planning Detroit’s future envision a design that is more friendly and safe for pedestrians, bikers and people using public transportation.