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. […]

Fireworks draw large crowds, few problems

Fireworks draw large crowds, few problems

By Steve Neavling Downtown Detroit brimmed with energy and tens of thousands of people during the 54th annual Detroit Target Fireworks Monday night. Despite fears of violence breaking out, police reported only a few brawls. And it’s no wonder. Police were everywhere – frisking teenagers, patrolling each street on foot and waiting in riot-ready buses. One […]

Thieves ransacked historic Detroit Naval Armory

Thieves ransacked historic Detroit Naval Armory

The abandoned Detroit Naval Armory on Jefferson boasted some of the most impressive Art Deco woodcarvings – until recently. Thieves brazenly stole intricately carved staircases, doorways and panels recently in the latest rampage of an historic Detroit building, also known as Broadhead Armory. The stylized Art Deco designs depicted sailors and other Naval themes. Entire staircases […]