Come hang out with Detour Detroit and Outlier Media for a hands-on, group act of accountability journalism. Itâ€™s free! We will walk you through how to use Wayne County records to suss out the investors who buy dozens of properties in the property tax auction, and together weâ€™ll create a database of bulk buyers from the 2018 auction.
Youâ€™ll be part of our first effort to compile this information, which will give us more insight to flaws in the auction process and understand whoâ€™s controlling large swaths of property in the city. This data will help us track the investors speculating on homes and properties in the annual tax auction — the biggest in the country — and watchdog whether or not theyâ€™re following the rules, paying their taxes and keeping their properties from becoming blighted.
Hereâ€™s an example of what you can find when you do a data dive on the auction winners: https://bit.ly/2UTDEBl
In this relaxed workshop, youâ€™ll be able to work at your own pace alone or in a small group. If youâ€™d rather observe and chat with us, thatâ€™s fine! Come meet the people running Detour and Outlier, grab a piece of pizza, hear about the stories weâ€™re working on and tell us what kind of reporting you want to see in future newsletters.
RSVP: Weâ€™ve got limited space so please register to attend.
Materials: Bring your laptop to access the data, and weâ€™ll provide the refreshments.
No experience necessary.
Led by Detour Detroit founder Ashley Woods and editor Kate Abbey-Lambertz, + Outlier founder Sarah Alvarez and data journalist Katlyn Alapati.