Part 2: Packard Plant crumbles without consequences to owner; city too broke to solve problem

Part 2: Packard Plant crumbles without consequences to owner; city too broke to solve problem

To many, the sprawling Packard Plant is nothing more than a dangerous eyesore and an unsettling reminder of Detroit’s tragic decline. To others, it’s an urban playscape. A mammoth canvas. The Great Ruins of Detroit. But to the embattled city, the 40-acre plant is a stark reminder of how broke and powerless the cash-starved government has […]

Tigers: Quintin Berry headed for stardom or meltdown?

Tigers: Quintin Berry headed for stardom or meltdown?

Speedy, productive and electrifying – Quintin Berry was just what the Tigers needed. Replacing an injured Austin Jackson in late May, the rookie speedster hit over .300, swiped bases with ease and knocked in key runs over his first 35 games. When Jackson returned, Berry earned a regular spot on the regular lineup, moving to left […]

Good Samaritans killed in separate attacks in Detroit

Good Samaritans killed in separate attacks in Detroit

Wednesday was deadly for two good Samaritans in Detroit. A 62-year-old grandfather and decorated Vietnam veteran was shot to death after trying to protect his granddaughter from four robbers in a west side home. After intruders pistol-whipped his 16-year-old grandson, John Villneff was shot shielding his granddaughter, police said. On the city’s east side, a […]

Ballpark that hosted Negro League games, Hall of Famers is preserved

Ballpark that hosted Negro League games, Hall of Famers is preserved

Hamtramck Stadium looks like any forgotten baseball field. Knee-high grass covers the infield. A graffiti-tagged pavilion behind what used to be home plate is collapsing. Concession stands are boarded up. It’s hard to imagine thousands of fans, black and white, flocking to the ballpark in the 1930s to root for the Detroit Stars of the […]

More taxes, fees? Detroiters pay fortune for abysmal services; council mulls another tax hike

More taxes, fees? Detroiters pay fortune for abysmal services; council mulls another tax hike

It’s not easy being a taxpayer in Detroit. Property taxes are disproportionately high, yet city services are abysmal. The income tax rate is the highest in the state, but an obscenely high portion of the money is spent paying back debts from years past. And today, as the city and its suburban communities decide at the ballot […]

State does nothing as Historic Highland Park school is gutted by thieves

State does nothing as Historic Highland Park school is gutted by thieves

Part one of a continuing series on abandoned buildings. More than 60,000 vacant buildings are scattered across Detroit and Highland Park, driving down property values and attracting crime, rodents and fires. This is the story of one of those buildings.  Neighbors tried their best. They circled the historic, sprawling school in Highland Park to keep out […]