Detroit Should Sell Art Because Why Shouldn't It, Coastal Writer Says

One recurring thing of Detroit's trip through bankruptcy court has been the local eye-rolls over coastal writers diagnosing the city's decline — the Detroit Free Press offers an occasional feature called "The truth about Detroit," battles have raged over Anthony Bourdain's portrayal in his CNN show, and even we've… » 12/12/13 4:31pm 12/12/13 4:31pm

Even if the non-profit plan falls through, it's a huge stretch to say selling art = better city services. Also, considering the Christie's estimate came back at roughly $500m — that's a drop in the bucket of the big picture. » 12/10/13 3:50pm 12/10/13 3:50pm

What Detroit Could Learn From Richard Linklater

I worked a late shift Monday and woke up late, so, in the spirit of embracing a morning full of nothing, I popped Richard Linklater's 1991 classic "Slacker" into my roommates' Blu-ray player and diligently went about my morning routine of sitting on my couch. » 12/03/13 8:08pm 12/03/13 8:08pm

Governing Magazine Calls Detroit Mayoral Race With Zero Votes Reported

With zero precincts reporting, two hours before polls are set to close, Governing magazine declared Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan the winner of Tuesday's contest. The article prematurely commences a guaranteed, painful stream of incoming media coverage on The White Guy winning Detroit's mayorship for the… » 11/05/13 7:05pm 11/05/13 7:05pm

This 1973 Report Predicted Detroit's Eventual Problems

Earlier this month, the Detroit Free Press laid out Detroit's decline in a thorough analysis, countering the notion that the city's bankruptcy filing was an inevitable outcome. The piece hits all the right notes: skyrocketing debt thanks to a ridiculously complex deal to fund the city's pensions by then Mayor Kwame… » 9/30/13 3:14pm 9/30/13 3:14pm

Did The Detroit Police Steal The Image Used On Their New Squad Cars?

Today, the City of Detroit is putting on a bit of a show downtown: A press conference is being held near Hart Plaza to unveil the first batch of new police cars and ambulances that's part of an $8 million initiative fueled by donations from guys like Roger Penske and more. » 8/22/13 3:06pm 8/22/13 3:06pm

The Detroit People Mover Is Dead, Long Live The People Mover

Earlier this month, in an effort to showcase previously failed "good-intention" initiatives for Detroit, all pegged as game-changers for the city, The Washington Post mentioned The People Mover, an elevated 2.9-mile *rail line that circles the downtown business district "that hardly anyone rides today." » 8/18/13 9:05pm 8/18/13 9:05pm

Federal Appeals Court Shoots Down Michigan's Panhandling Law

A federal appeals court ruled today that a 1929 Michigan law prohibiting panhandling in public spaces is unconstitutional, saying the legislation "simply bans an entire category of activity that the First Amendment protects," The Detroit News reports.
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TV Station Says Charlie LeDuff Is Behind Detroit Mayor Race Buffoonery

Charlie LeDuff's name has showed up across the Gawker Media landscape plenty of times — for mocking Detroit's police response time, for allegedly biting a security guard's finger, for when he found a dead body in an ice bock, for writing a book about Detroit, and more. » 7/25/13 5:43pm 7/25/13 5:43pm

Detroit Mayoral Candidate Says City's Plight Is Part Of A Conspiracy

In the city of Detroit, 60 percent of children reportedly live in poverty, 40 percent of the streetlights don't work, police take about an hour to respond to any call, it filed for bankruptcy protection last week, and, according to mayoral candidate Tom Barrow, it's all a lie. » 7/23/13 9:38pm 7/23/13 9:38pm

Scholars Suggest Immigration Reform Include Home-Purchase Condition

The immigration reform saga in Washington has garnered a load of attention lately and a couple of scholars have a suggestion in the most recent City Journal: Let states sponsor regional visas, and, consider requiring those with such visas to purchase a primary residence in cities with plenty of vacancies, like Detroit. » 6/18/13 11:38am 6/18/13 11:38am