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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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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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"Gentrification in Progress" banner in Detroit by artist Ann Lewis
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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