Elon Musk says he can fix Flint’s water. Here’s what he should do instead.
Dear Mr. Elon Musk: We get it — if you’re attempting to send mini-submarines into underwater caves and launch yourself into space, fixing America’s crumbling urban infrastructure probably sounds like the kind of project you could tackle on a lazy Sunday afternoon. With your full portfolio of projects and … prolific Twitter use, it might be entirely normalRead More
Want Medicaid in Michigan? Get a job.
By most accounts, the Healthy Michigan program, which gives 670,000 low-income Michiganders access to health care, has been a resounding success. Gov. Rick Snyder wrangled the Medicaid expansion into law in 2013 despite objections from some members of his own party. But with those two steps forward… well, you know. Snyder signed Senate Bill 897Read More
There’s nowhere like Hamtramck, USA
There’s nowhere like Hamtramck, USA: Filmmakers tug at the tense threads of diversity and community in an evolving city. By Erin Gold As anti-immigrant sentiments take root in our culture and political discourse, the complex realities of life in an immigrant community are often sidelined for more sensational stories. Documentary filmmakers Razi Jafri of DetroitRead More
Here’s why Detroit needs to get serious about supporting entrepreneurs of color
It's no secret that white, male-owned businesses generally make the most money. But the level of disparity for entrepreneurs in Detroit is staggering.Read More
What the wildest train station renovations in America could mean for Detroit
TRENDING: TRAIN STATION STYLE Yes, the entire world knows that Ford bought the abandoned Michigan Central Station. But what on earth will they do with it? We heard the basics at Ford’s unveiling at Michigan Central Station on Tuesday — public spaces on the ground floor, office space and housing in the 15-story tower. ButRead More
Detroit’s sneaker scene is all grown up and cashing in
On October 18, 1984, a Chicago Bulls rookie stepped onto the court at Madison Square Garden for a pre-season game against the New York Knicks. Michael Jordan, then just 21, turned quite a few heads — for his shoes as much as his skills. The black sneakers with red accents and tell-tale swoosh violated NBARead More
Storytellers in search of what’s truthful and real, across Detroit’s 139 square miles
In Hart Plaza this weekend, shimmering light seemed to drench all comers to Motor City Pride. It reflected purple hues off a man’s star-shaped sunglasses and sequined jacket; bathing two women in sun glow as they danced in unison; spotlighting a couple embracing with clasped hands and beaming smiles. But I wasn’t there to seeRead More
Eat fugly food, save the world: Flashfood launches in Detroit
You know when you’re checking out some buzzy new app, only to get the “Sorry, not yet available in your area” message? Not this time. Canadian food delivery startup Flashfood kicked off its U.S. expansion by launching in Detroit, and Detroit only. Sorry, SF and NYC. It might seem like we’re at capacity for food delivery sites: Blue ApronRead More
Do we want to be the Motor City, or the Mobility City?
Can Detroit become a mobility city without some sort of regional transit agency to guide it?Read More
Hit on like these looks
Mom designs and sews the clothes. Aili chooses her outfit and practices poses. The whole family goes location scouting, and when they find the perfect spot, Dad starts taking photos. Later, Mom puts them on Instagram. Meet the Bolers: basically yr fashion-y, Metro Detroit Partridge Family… with a few 2018 twists. Aili Boler, 5, isRead More
What the Bus?!
Last edition, Detour dove into the details of the proposed Detroit regional transit plan and the Regional Transit Authority’s urgent maneuvering to bolster public support. This week we’re looking at the tight timeline to push the plan forward and why a couple of local meetings next month have such high stakes. Anytime I feel myself checking outRead More
Meet the District Detroit’s defender
With the constant drone of construction, bumper-to-bumper traffic and flurry of development announcements, it’s obvious something is going on in “The District Detroit,” the name for the area the Ilitches are developing around Little Caesars Arena. But it’s not always clear what that something is, apart from the lineup of games and big-name concerts. Enter Francis Grunow, NainRead More