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Anna Clark, Imani Mixon and Rhonda J. Smith are Detour Detroit's Community-Powered Journalists.
A new way to support your favorite reporters and community-powered journalism
Detour Detroit's Community-Powered Journalism program banks on the most valuable part of local media: the reporting itself.
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Dawn Sarai Robinson and other readers in the Well-Read Black Girl book club at Pages Bookshop in Detroit.
Detroit’s ‘Well-Read Black Girl’ Dawn Sarai Robinson uses books to bring people together
Dawn Sarai Robinson launched a Detroit chapter of a book club that celebrates Black women and nonbinary writers... and brings readers and writers together.
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Aerial photo showing winding suburban streets
Mapping urban sprawl in Detroit and the surrounding suburbs
Let’s talk about sprawl around metro Detroit! You probably know what it is in a general sense — city growth outside of the denser, older urban core — and what it looks like in our region (looking at you, isolated, cookie-cutter developments in northern Macomb). But it turns out, you can drill down and actually
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Illustration of people waiting in line for housing. The Detroit Housing Commissioned opened its housing voucher waitlist for the first time in five years, but only a fraction of those in need will make it past the lottery for the limited spots.
Detroit Housing Commission opens rent voucher waitlist for the first time in 5 years
For the first time in five years, the Detroit Housing Commission has opened its housing voucher waitlist. Low-income families in the metro area have just until Wednesday, Feb. 5, to fill out the brief application for the federal housing assistance program, often known as Section 8, that subsidizes rents based on income.  The rare waitlist
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Kristine Ferguson in her new Highland Park sewing and alterations shop, Backstitch
How Backstitch, a new sewing and alterations shop in Highland Park, is built to serve community
Kristine Ferguson opened her sewing and alterations shop Backstitch to provide a new service and learning hub for her community of Highland Park, a city surrounded by Detroit.
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Photo of downtown Detroit from Riverfront. How would you spend $250 million to improve the city?
What would you do for Detroit with $250 million?
After Detroit City Council rejected Mayor Mike Duggan's proposed $250 million blight bond, we’re looking at one resident's suggestion for how the city could better spend that money to improve housing -- and the lives of all Detroiters. And we wanna know… what's yours?
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How my ‘inflammatory’ posters sparked real dialogue between black and white neighbors in Detroit
By Rhonda J. Smith: Neighbors even reported the event to officials -- but the people who actually came left with mutual respect, not outrage.
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Blazing Silence, Detroit summit, tackles discrimination and sexual harassment in Michigan’s budding cannabis industry
As recreational cannabis sales begin in Michigan, businesses face challenges of supply, new and restrictive local ordinances and accessing capital. But they’ll also have to navigate culture issues that come with legitimacy, and workers are starting to share stories of unfair treatment.  Jess Jackson, Detour Detroit Emerging Voices fellow, will host the Blazing Silence summit
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Children in an undated historic black and white photo exitt he Detroit Public Library Bookmobile.
The revamped Detroit bookmobile is bringing the library to residents, computers and all
The Detroit Public Library is expanding outreach and offerings with the Mobile Library, building on the 79-year-old bookmobile program.
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A Detroit photojournalist returns home to share these agonizing photos of the refugee crisis
The latest gallery show from the Detroit-based writer and documentarian showcases his most emotional work yet -- the stories and photographs Karpov collected during four years abroad working with refugees on the Mediterranean Sea.
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Hear ‘Homewreckers’ Aaron Glantz discuss the kingpins and crooked banks that swindled Detroit
The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Aaron Glantz is headed to Detroit for a discussion about his new book, “HOMEWRECKERS: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream.” Sarah Alvarez, Executive Editor of Outlier Media, will moderate the
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