No glitz for Detroit’s 311th birthday

No glitz for Detroit’s 311th birthday

It is just another day, Detroit. Fires will destroy homes. Thugs will prey on the innocent. And state officials will breathe down your neck. Maybe that’s why the media and city officials virtually ignored your 311th birthday today. People aren’t celebrating on the streets, and signs aren’t commemorating the day. You’re all but forgotten, Detroit. […]

Dumas: We can’t ignore impact of gentrification

Dumas: We can’t ignore impact of gentrification

Detroit is a place of extremes. Take Midtown, where theaters, lofts, restaurants and hospitals are cropping up. Driven predominately by young, educated, white people, Midtown and much of downtown are bursting with development. Then there’s the rest of Detroit – clusters of neighborhoods, many marred by crime and abandonment, losing residents every day. Too often, when […]

Is Detroit’s population loss bottoming out?

Is Detroit’s population loss bottoming out?

The unprecedented exodus from Detroit in the past decade is slowing down, a sign that efforts to draw new residents is working, the Associated Press reports. Detroit shocked the nation when the decennial Census showed the city lost 25% of its population, which dropped to 714,000. It’s unclear what caused the slowdown, but officials in […]

City postpones sale of iconic Lafayette Towers

City postpones sale of iconic Lafayette Towers

The iconic, hulking Lafayette Towers in Detroit won’t go on the auction block Wednesday because the city of Detroit has postponed the sale, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. City officials want to find a responsible owner who won’t let the twin high-rises fall into foreclosure like they did in February. Built in […]

State raping Detroit? Kenyatta says so.

State raping Detroit? Kenyatta says so.

Tempers flared today after Detroit City Councilman Kwame Kenyatta suggested the state was anally raping the city. Kenyatta was urging his colleagues to stop participating in the state intervention, “rather than continuing to pull your pants down without Vaseline and allowing the folks to do what they’re doing to us.” Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins called out […]

Charlie LeDuff golfs 18 miles through Detroit in poignant video

Charlie LeDuff golfs 18 miles through Detroit in poignant video

It may be Charlie LeDuff’s whackiest idea yet. And maybe his best. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer-turned-TV-sensation golfed 18 miles – from 8 Mile Road to Belle Isle, teeing off on cracked streets, abandoned factories and overgrown fields. During the trek, shown on a nearly 11-minute video aired on Fox 2, LeDuff meets struggling Detroiters trying […]