A year ago this month, demolition crews knocked down the final wall of the storied and mammoth Cass Tech High School in Detroit, shattering hopes of reviving the 93-year-old building.
Part one of a continuing series on abandoned buildings. More than 60,000 vacant buildings are scattered across Detroit and Highland Park, driving down property values and attracting crime, rodents and fires. This is the story of one of those buildings. Neighbors tried their best. They circled the historic, sprawling school in Highland Park to keep out […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Grosse Pointe South High School choir director Ellen Bowen was talented but often feared. After surviving several calls for her resignation in the past, Bowen may be shown the door after school officials said she struck a student on the head with a cell phone. Bowen, who has led her students to numerous national and […]
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 […]
Until a fire ravaged the sprawling Paul Robeson Academy in Detroit last year, the African-centric school was a rare symbol of hope in a district sapped of money, resources and students. Even the school’s sprawling, neo-Gothic building on the west side stood as a symbol of strength and academia against the backdrop of blight and […]