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 […]

DPS Chief: Class sizes won’t reach 61 students

DPS Chief: Class sizes won’t reach 61 students

Detroit Public Schools won’t come anywhere close to the reported class sizes of 61 students, DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts assured City Council this morning. Roberts also said the long-struggling district should be deficit-free by 2016. Roberts dismissed fears that classes would bulge to 60 or more students, saying he has a plan to limit […]

Forbes writer amazed by Detroit’s progress

Forbes writer amazed by Detroit’s progress

The Detroit of the 1980s is nothing like today’s city. So says Forbes writer Joann Muller in a beaming story about the city’s progress since she first moved to Detroit nearly three decades ago. Muller was thrilled to see Woodward Avenue teeming with people and occupied buildings. “In any other city, this would be unremarkable,” she wrote. […]

More excessive pension perks for top Wayne County officials

More excessive pension perks for top Wayne County officials

While Wayne County cut services, closed parks and reduced police protection, the government took care of its high-ranking appointees and politicians at the expense of taxpayers. More than 50 Wayne County employees are eligible for lifetime health care benefits with as little as three years on the job, the Free Press reports this morning. It’s just the […]

Detroit’s long-forgotten buildings subject of new book

Detroit’s long-forgotten buildings subject of new book

Dan Austin may seem like an improbable Detroit historian. With shaggy sideburns, a strong affection for vinyl records and just 31 years old, Austin has become the go-to guy on Detroit architecture. In true Detroit fashion, Austin earned that distinction with tireless work, uncovering long-forgotten details of the city’s storied high-rises, theaters and churches. In […]