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.
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.
Counties across Michigan profit from selling foreclosed homes and charging fees on back taxes to down-and-out residents. No place does it more than Wayne County.
A Michigan woman brings hope and a duffel bag to the airport on what could be her last day in only country she’s known since she was a baby.
It’s not only the residents who continue to struggle in the city’s vast, impoverished neighborhoods. Small stores are barely hanging on.
The backdoor voucher: How a Detroit school created to lift up a 'Christ-centered culture' found a way to get public dollars
Cornerstone Schools recently announced that its flagship K-8 school would become a charter this fall. It would keep the same staff and curriculum, but would now be able to collect taxpayer money.
Left for dead in the 1970s, lending through (often predatory) land contracts is back with a vengeance in Michigan and Rust Belt cities after the mortgage meltdown.
The documentary, produced by the Detroit Free Press in partnership with Bridge Magazine is selling out fast. A Bridge/DJC book examining the violence that shook Detroit 50 years ago is available now.
An African-American businessman dreamed of a place where people of color could live and boat on the river, in the shadow of high-rise luxury. It never happened.