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detroit foreclosure auction
Every year, counties across Michigan auction off foreclosed properties whose owners have been delinquent on property taxes for three years. While it’s a state-mandated, quiet affair in most places, the Wayne County tax auction has drawn major attention and wrought enormous consequences in Detroit. Between 2011 and 2015, the county funneled more than 90,000 city properties through the tax auction, thousands of which were occupied homes. By most measures the auction is causing less pain across Detroit than just a few years ago, with a little under 3,000 Detroit properties and about 950 occupied homes (both by owners and renters) reportedly ending up
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detroit questions billboard
For a couple months this summer, the “Questions Guy” billboard loomed over Trumbull and Michigan in Corktown. With a powder blue blazer and a glazed stare, he looked like a handsome Malcolm Gladwell, crossed with a cult-leader-in-training. What did he want? The sparse copy -- “QUESTIONS? TEXT 248-385-2135” didn’t offer many clues. Just try it, he seemed to say. Text me. Who wouldn’t be curious? And people were, by the hundreds. They asked for good date spots and where to get the best sandwich and how to ask someone out. They asked what they should do with their day or why
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Let’s say you fire off a tweet about the bomb grilled cheese you just made. Maybe, you wonder into the Twitterverse where you should go for good sushi. Or perhaps you get into an argument with a follower about the merits of the pumpkin spice latte. You barely think before you release your random food musing into the virtual public square, within minutes it gets buried in the timeline and soon it’s forgotten. Well, not exactly. Researchers at the University of Michigan recently spent some time resurfacing local dispatches just like those, identifying more than 822,000 food-related tweets sent from
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university of michigan detroit
In many ways, the school has been able to operate in bucolic Ann Arbor while existing wholly separate from Detroit: well endowed, humming along and bestowing its riches on the symbiotic college town.
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lyft free rides detroit
It turns out, as we were glued to the inter-county drama over funding regional transit that ended in defeat, Detroit has quietly been making changes that seem to add up to a new mindset about mobility.
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There’s no question that car insurance is way, way, WAY too high for drivers in Metro Detroit. But there’s plenty of disagreement over how to solve the problem. Mayor Mike Duggan is now barreling back into the debate like the proverbial bull in the china shop, with a proposal that he says can fix Detroit auto insurance. He filed a landmark federal suit last week to challenge the entire insurance system after his past reform attempt failed. Could it work? It just might, says one legal expert, but like most things in Detroit, it's not that simple. AUTO INSURANCE CRASH COURSE About
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fun house of style allen park
We’ve seen plenty of home tours in Detroit -- it’s a great way to peek inside stately historic neighborhoods like Boston Edison. But the Weird Homes Tour is something else. The national event, which started in Austin in 2014, has pinpointed some of the most unique interiors around the city and suburbs.
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Want to support independent local journalism in Detroit? Become a Detour member for just $30 a year. 20% of our membership proceeds go directly to our news partner, Outlier Media, to produce investigative stories like the one you're about to read. Click here for more info on how to sign up. WHAT’S THE DEAL The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department just rolled out this rate change that means property owners are generally paying more for their water bills each month. If “new structure for drainage fees” makes your eyes glaze over, you’re not alone, but it’s actually kind of a big deal
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Medical student volunteers administer treatment to a homeless individual.
At first glance, the seven people picking their way through the shadows of a southwest Detroit underpass at the end of March could have been mistaken for a trash pickup crew. Looking closer, the stethoscopes around their necks and heavy bags of supplies told a different story. The team of students from Wayne State University School of Medicine, a physician and clinical supervisor were out on the chilly spring morning scouting for individuals who had sought refuge in the concrete shelter -- and might be in need of their help. Street Medicine Detroit volunteers spend their time on “street runs,”
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Little Caesars arena construction Detroit
During the hours when people are in line to find secure housing, their means of transportation is silently whisked away.
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It’s pretty irrational, when you stop and think about it, that Detroit’s largest festival happens each year in the dead of winter when most people would prefer to be hibernating. But what happens when you move auto show crowds into the already busy public spaces of summer?
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It's definitely not as simple as counting the mile roads.
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