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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gov. Snyder takes heat for new firework law after loud night

Gov. Snyder takes heat for new firework law after loud night

By Steve Neavling “Celebrate the birth of your country by blowing up a small portion of it.” – The Simpsons Boom, boom, bang. Boom. All day. All night. It was the first Fourth of July since Gov. Rick Snyder legalized louder, more powerful fireworks. Revelers celebrated by firing off a seemingly endless supply of ear-splitting explosives. […]

The unraveling of Council President Pugh

The unraveling of Council President Pugh

By Steve Neavling It’s safe to say Detroit has never seen a council president quite like Charles Pugh. The former TV reporter with no political experience swept into city hall in 2009, collecting more votes than any of his eight colleagues. Detroit’s first openly gay councilman pledged to restore faith in a council battered by […]