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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.

The system is rife with rule breaking, but has been punishingly harsh for low-income Detroiters
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detroit tax foreclosure
Even if a buyer can’t unload the property again or decides paying taxes isn’t worth the trouble, losing the house to the auction is worth the risk because the purchase price is so cheap.
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university of michigan detroit
In many ways, the school has been able to operate in bucolic Ann Arbor while existing wholly separate from Detroit: well endowed, humming along and bestowing its riches on the symbiotic college town.
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lyft free rides detroit
It turns out, as we were glued to the inter-county drama over funding regional transit that ended in defeat, Detroit has quietly been making changes that seem to add up to a new mindset about mobility.
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It's definitely not as simple as counting the mile roads.
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Yes, the entire world knows that Ford bought the abandoned Michigan Central Station. But what on earth will they do with it?
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Take a trip back in time for the story of Asian Village -- an early New Detroit success story that ultimately crashed and burned in spectacular fashion. It’s a tale of miso-fueled egos, corruption busts and $30 glasses of whiskey.
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As everyone holds their breaths waiting to hear Ford’s plans, a townhouse development may seem like small potatoes. But it’s giving us some insight into the future tensions Ford could face in a neighborhood where the smallest changes are scrutinized -- and how the automaker might win over Corktown.
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An aquarium along the river -- an idea floated by the Detroit Zoo last week -- seems like an obvious addition to the cultural landscape, one that could boost downtown’s pull for tourists and families. Even Dan Gilbert seems excited. Problem is, the ratio of hype to details is about 10 to one.
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