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Aerial photo showing winding suburban streets
It turns out, you can drill down and actually quantify one aspect of sprawl, thanks to the Street Network Disconnectedness Index.
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Illustration of people waiting in line for housing. The Detroit Housing Commissioned opened its housing voucher waitlist for the first time in five years, but only a fraction of those in need will make it past the lottery for the limited spots.
The rare waitlist opening underscores the incredible need for affordable housing in the city, which the public housing authority is not equipped to match.
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By Rhonda J. Smith: Neighbors even reported the event to officials -- but the people who actually came left with mutual respect, not outrage.
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At first glance, the Pay as You Stay program -- which would dramatically cut down on back taxes for low-income homeowners in Detroit and attempt to stave off tax foreclosure -- seems like a great idea.
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Empty lots in downtown Detroit
A group of Detroiters is calling for the city to temporarily ban more commercial surface parking lots downtown, arguing that lots have spread through the city like “a disease” and “threaten to undermine Detroit's resurgence
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east warren tool libarary
The E. Warren Tool Library opened on Detroit's east side in July 2019, letting residents borrow tools and supplies to repair their homes and beautify their blocks for little cost.
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pipes plumbing
Anytime a group of people gathers regularly, little traditions start to form, intended or not. The monthly meetings of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Board are no different.
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Morgan Watson, 11, stands in the Brightmoor Artisans Collective lot, where she now sells the produce she grows, August 9, 2019. Credit: Damon Mitchell.
The Youth Grow Brightmoor program, founded in 2014 by Brightmoor residents Bill and Billie Hickey, teaches neighborhood youth to grow, weed, and harvest rows of fruits and vegetables.
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The Shin sisters created De-troit Detroit," a collection of demolished building fragments inspired by a 2018 visit to Detroit.
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construction tools for renovation
Who hasn’t fantasized about buying and restoring one of the city’s grand old homes to its former glory? Living that dream are Brandon Suman, 37, and Miranda Steinhauser, 28, who transformed their once-unlivable home in the University District to a show-stopping inn and hang space.
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michigan eviction plan rent relief for landlords
Here's how Outlier Media founder Sarah Alvarez uncovered University of Michigan’s controversial role in Detroit evictions.
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A wet summer, record-high water levels across the region and a crumbling water and sewer system have submerged a community on Detroit’s east side for two weeks straight.
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