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The Dig is Detour Detroit’s home for real estate, housing and development dirt. The Dig is bringing you stories, analysis and how-to guides about the built environment across Detroit’s 143 square miles. Sign up for The Dig newsletter, launching Fall 2020, to make sure you never miss a story.

An aerial photo of the State Fairgrounds site at Detroit's northern border. The site is set to be redeveloped.
Detroit neighbors held countless community meetings over the past decade to create a forward-thinking vision of possible uses for the State Fairgrounds site. But few of their proposals are part of the developer’s plans.
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Before and after photos of home renovation project in the North End neighborhood of Detroit.
Lessons from a first-time flipper: He thought his Detroit home renovation would cost $30,000. It ended up being closer to $80,000 and took months of hard labor.
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aerial photo of detroit
Coming this month from Detour Detroit: A newsletter examining the built environment, for all of Detroit’s 143 square miles.
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Marathon Petroleum's Detroit refinery in the 48217 zip code, frequently called the 'most polluted' area in Michigan. Photo by @ddatch54/Flickr
Detroit's 48217 zip code is known as the "most polluted" in Michigan -- here's how it got that moniker, and why it matters for environmental activists.
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detroit houses
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michigan eviction plan rent relief for landlords
With some 75,000 eviction cases pending, housing advocates worry the funding is just a drop in the bucket of what's needed to keep people in their homes.
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belle isle detroit guide a to z
From the aquarium to the zoo, and everything in between.
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Skills Ville, Detroit gymnastics and sports center for kids, announced their closure last month. Credit: Stock photo by Ivan Samkov/Pexels
Families have been bringing kids to Skills Ville for a quarter century -- but the gym couldn't make it through the pandemic.
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Historian Jamon Jordan traces the roots of Detroit's protest curfews to a Black uprising in 1833.
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Michigan activists are pressing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to cancel rent and other housing payments as the state’s eviction moratorium is set to expire. 
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Belle Isle
The island is more than a favorite recreation spot -- it's one of the most important Black public spaces in the country.
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The Cole family participates in the front porch project
These days, quarantined Detroiters are finding ourselves drawn to the oft-neglected spaces between our private lives and the public realm. Yes, we're talking about our front porches (and windows and sidewalks).
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