Tax hike in Detroit? Council considers plan to put police protection on ballot

Tax hike in Detroit? Council considers plan to put police protection on ballot

Detroit City Council declined to vote on whether residents should have the opportunity to vote on raising taxes to put more cops on the streets, saying the police department needs to provide a more thorough plan. Council members said they want to ensure the roughly $56 millon that would be raised from a tax hike […]

Detroit, Hamtramck consider sharing fire services

Detroit, Hamtramck consider sharing fire services

Hamtramck and Detroit are exploring a relationship to share fire services at a time when both communities are cutting public safety to fill budget gaps. “The financial realities force us to think outside the box,” Hamtramck City Manager Nervus Nazarko told Detroit City Council this morning. “We would support anything that would make financial sense […]

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 […]

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 […]

Detroit photographer depicts life as a Detroit firefighter

Detroit photographer depicts life as a Detroit firefighter

Few photographers capture life in Detroit quite like Brian Day. His exquisite attention to the interaction between light and dark plays out in dramatic, absorbing images of cityscapes, Detroiters and their neighborhoods. The images are sincere, poignant and moving. Now some of his most striking images are on display at CNN. They depict heart-wrenching moments in […]

Detroit’s thug cops could learn a lot from WSU police

By Steve Neavling While crime continues to batter Detroit neighborhoods, Midtown has managed to reduce crime and increase its population. Crime in the gentrified entertainment and university hub has fallen by more than a third since 2008, the Free Press reported today. Authorities credit the success on a collaborative effort with local police and crime experts to […]

Detroit’s thug cops could learn a lot from WSU police

Detroit’s thug cops could learn a lot from WSU police

By Steve Neavling While crime continues to batter Detroit neighborhoods, Midtown has managed to reduce crime and increase its population. Crime in the gentrified entertainment and university hub has fallen by more than a third since 2008, the Free Press reported today. Authorities credit the success on a collaborative effort with local police and crime experts to […]

Imagination Station is damaged in morning blaze

Imagination Station is damaged in morning blaze

By Steve Neavling Fire severely damaged an indelible symbol of Detroit’s regeneration and creative underbelly this morning. The Imagination Station – two colorfully renovated historic houses facing the iconic ruins of Michigan Central Station – sustained serious fire damage. No injuries were reported. One of the houses was virtually gutted, its front exterior now a charred shell. […]