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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.

Diana Alaniz and her three children stand in front of their recently purchased house at the Newberry Homes in Detroit, through a Southwest Solutions program
Instead of raising rates or simply continuing to subsidize rents for its low- to moderate-income renters, Southwest Solutions came up with another approach: sell the homes directly to tenants.
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A contemporary home built in Detroit's North Corktown neighborhood by artist couple Steve and Dorota Coy
The North Corktown home was built by Dorota and Steve Coy, artists who are best known for their conceptual project the Hygienic Dress League. For a couple with no previous background in home building, the end result is impressive.
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eviction crisis is coming for michigan. illustration shows family using sinking house as life raft
Despite some seemingly encouraging signs, there is near unanimity from those involved in the rental market — housing activists, service providers, government officials and landlords — that we are on the verge of a full-blown eviction crisis.
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obama building in detroit
Developers of the Obama Building took a unique approach to ensure it would serve residents, and in the process, baked in more community benefits than many projects in the city.
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bedrock renovation free press building
Welcome to the Nov. 11 edition of The Dig, a weekly newsletter bringing you all the dirt on real estate, housing and development in Detroit. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Wednesday.
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photo of detroit free press building exterior, reopened after a rehab by bedrock
Bedrock has salvaged another historic building -- this time, rehabbing the former Detroit Free Press Building, now called The Press/321.
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proposal n results passes
Proposal N, better known as the Detroit blight bond, was passed by voters and will allow the city to issue $250 million in bonds to address 14,000 blighted homes.
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During his tenure, Ben Carson has continually tried to diminish HUD -- but to little effect in Detroit.
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rending of love building, new home for allied media projects
ccessibility is rarely a prioritized feature of building design. Most developers will do the bare minimum to not be in violation of the American with Disabilities Act. Some will even disregard the needs of those with mobility challenges. But for the Love Building, accessibility will be the centerpiece.
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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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