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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.

construction at quonset hut in core city neighborhood of detroit
On a corner in Core City, construction is moving along at a steady pace -- even as the pandemic grinds other Detroit developments to a halt.
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detroit development design showcased by green roof at lumen downtown
If you bring in a designer before buying a building, before committing your life savings to a project, they can help you determine whether or not that piece of property is the right fit and understand some of the challenges you might encounter.
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Detroit's financial struggles of the recent past are worth looking at as voters decide whether Detroit should issue $250 million in bonds to fight blight.
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Blighted house in Detroit. Proposal N is a ballot initiative that aims to demolish 8,000 blighted homes in Detroit
Here’s everything you need to know about the $250 million blight bond before voting.
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Amazon warehouse rendering state fairgrounds redevelopment proposal
The proposed Amazon development on an anchor property at Detroit's northern border has sparked vehement responses from nearby residents.
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A group of kids learns next to a dinosaur sculpture made of found objects at the Lincoln Street Art Park in Detroit. It's the site of the forthcoming Dreamtroit redevelopment project.
These first-time developers have a bold plan for affordable artist housing at Recycle Here! and Lincoln Street Art Park. They call it Dreamtroit.
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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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