Sources: Mayor Dave Bing poised to run for re-election, transform city

Sources: Mayor Dave Bing poised to run for re-election, transform city

After much consideration, embattled Mayor Dave Bing plans to run for re-election in an effort to solve the budget crisis, friends and political allies of the mayor told Motor City Muckraker. Michigan officials also have been pressing the mayor privately to run for re-election because he has been relatively supportive of state intervention, according to […]

Media: Be scared of Detroit

Media: Be scared of Detroit

Scared yet? If you’re white and live in the suburbs, you’re the target of sensational media accounts of two teens killed in Detroit last week. For the blood-thirsty media hoping to squeeze some pennies from a parent’s worst nightmare, it was the perfect story: Two white teenagers from Westland go missing after visiting a relative […]

DPS dilemma: Fund education or demo

DPS dilemma: Fund education or demo

Detroit Public Schools has a dilemma every year. More than 50 vacant schools are scattered across the city, often left to rot because the cash-strapped district must decide between demolishing the eyesores and educating children. “If you have schools that are vacant, and you are going to spend money on that, you aren’t going to […]

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 […]