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.
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.
Is gentrification a bad thing? Is it even happening downtown? The answers depend on your perspective, and perhaps your bank account.
Detroit’s downtown areas are being transformed by an influx of new people and businesses. Here’s a guide to some key developments.
What is this thing called gentrification – displacement or improvement?
It is impossible to accept that the lives of Detroiters and newcomers are equal when the majority of the city’s African-American population are experiencing a quality of life so low that the United Nations is speaking up.
Yes, the infusion of new money, new faces and new business to downtown Detroit is good for the city.
The DFD’s current system is 128 years old and resisted change for decades, but bankruptcy was able to overturn what the city’s mayors couldn’t.
High taxes, low wages, yet the City of Detroit still drowns in debt. Here’s why the city faces long odds even after shedding bankruptcy debt.
Bankruptcy could offer an opportunity to trim taxes for the city’s beleaguered residents, who pay some of the highest income, utility and property taxes in the state.
Detroit is in the middle of the pack among the 51 international cities studied for how much of a tax burden they place on businesses.
Who gave Mayor Duggan $1 million? A Detroit Journalism Cooperative donation database answers this question and others.
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.
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.
How are Detroit's buses running these days? We asked the people who depend on them day after day.
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?
Should we stay or should we go? A reporter’s notebook on living with crime in Detroit.
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.
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.
In Detroit, there are stirrings of job growth in the usual places, but data is still scant on improving prospects for most city residents.