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overgrown detroit sidewalk
Downtown Detroit might be increasingly walkable, but there are large swaths of the city that don’t qualify as “walkable,” which pedestrians must navigate every day.
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Under Project Green Light, launched in 2016, participating businesses pay for surveillance cameras to be installed and monitored by the Detroit Police Department for use in criminal investigations.
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Detroit’s liveliest beach and outdoor area, Belle Isle, will restrict access to the public so paying spectators of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (presented by Lear) can watch the races.
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The influx of mostly white newcomers and New York artists has been a concern among Detroiters who worry about rising displacement and wonder why long-time residents don’t receive the same attention and resources. Artist Ann Lewis responds.
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Wayne County Ethics Board held a hearing to decide whether or not County Treasurer Eric Sabree broke ethics rules in his role overseeing tax foreclosure and the annual auction of tax-foreclosed properties.
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In Detroit, the two Three Squared Inc. project sites remain empty, except a “for sale” sign on the property at Rosa Parks Boulevard and Warren Avenue.
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If you aren’t just looking up directions, there are some more niche maps for navigating, classifying and surveilling the roads and buildings of the Motor City.
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You might not always notice the gargoyles and other faces carved on Detroit's famous buildings, but they see you...
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marie thornton detroit right to counsel eviction
In Detroit, a full 46 percent of people facing eviction never showed up to court in 2017, no matter their circumstances. So their landlord wins by default, they get a strike on their record and they have to leave their home.
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In a study, researchers suggest that in Detroit neighborhoods that were slower to recover from the Great Recession, residents were more likely to rate their own health as poor.
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In many places, streets force you to engage in risky behavior — sidewalks disappear without warning, or you have to walk several blocks to get to a crosswalk (where drivers often ignore pedestrian right-of-way, but that’s another story.)
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capitol park detroit downtown loft artists evicted
“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.
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