Stories

Is this debtor’s prison?
We’re paying big bucks to keep poor people in jail — before they’ve been convicted of crimes By Kate Abbey-Lambertz If you’re arrested and held at the Detroit Detention Center, you’re probably waiting for arraignment at 36th District Court — not in person, but through the jail version of Skype. In just a couple minutes,
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FAST transit result in speedy improvements
Metro Detroit is actually doing something right when it comes to transit, and riders are getting on board Transit has long been a weak spot for the Motor City: We can’t get on board with regional transit, and we spend a paltry amount funding it. Bus service is infrequent, and if you travel between the city and suburbs,
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7 of Detroit’s architectural creatures watching you from above
You might not always notice the gargoyles and other faces carved on Detroit's famous buildings, but they see you...
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Detroit has a massive eviction crisis. Here’s how the city could keep renters from losing their homes
Imagine if half the time a person was charged with a crime they went straight to prison without consulting a lawyer or going to court. Not because they were guilty — but because the system was so stacked against them it didn’t seem worth fighting the case, or they didn’t even know they could. That’s
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Visualize this
On housing discrimination and staying healthy By Kate Abbey Lambertz Back in 1968, redlining — or refusing to give loans to residents of certain neighborhoods, and a tool of discrimination against blacks —was outlawed by the Fair Housing Act. It was a landmark victory for the Civil Rights movement, but it’s not exactly ancient history. Youstill
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The rent went up how much?
By Kate Abbey Lambertz 103,557: How many more affordable rental properties Metro Detroit would need to add so all the region’s extremely low income families could have affordable places to live, according to the latest National Low Income Housing Coalition report on affordable housing. Put another way, for every 100 extremely low income families, there are only
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Confessions of a jaywalker
I’ll come clean: Despite the warnings, the last few days I’ve been jaywalking all over town, walking in the street and crossing between intersections and against lights. All this during the Michigan State Police Pedestrian Enforcement Week in Detroit, Warren and Kalamazoo, a campaign that at least four outlets framed as a call for jaywalkers to
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Detroit development is getting celebrated at the expense of displaced residents
“Desolation.” “Moribund.” “Shabby.” “Mostly empty.” “Once-vacant.” “Mostly vacant.” “Seldom-used.” “Oblivion.” From the descriptions in this Free Press article earlier in February, you’d think we were in the bleak, post-apocalyptic landscape of a Cormac McCarthy novel, not a downtown Detroit district just a few years ago. Development writer John Gallagher’s article about Capitol Park development highlights
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Why Detroit’s middle class matters now, more than ever
Why keeping Detroit's middle-class residents in the city is key to building a better city.
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Eric Sabree just exposed the fatal flaw at the heart of the Wayne County foreclosure auction
The system is rife with rule breaking, but has been punishingly harsh for low-income Detroiters
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Journalism Workshop: Watchdogging The Wayne County Tax Auction
Come hang out with Detour Detroit and Outlier Media for a hands-on, group act of accountability journalism.
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The courtroom battle between protesters and the QLINE that no one’s talking about
Last week, after leaving 36th District Court, the activists were triumphant: real estate magnate Dan Gilbert hadn’t been the one on trial, but it still felt like he’d been found guilty.
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