November 11, 2015, 12pm PST
Detroit's comeback has been well documented, as has its efforts to remove blight and demolish vacant properties. A new report sheds light on another of the city's deepest challenges: how to reform property taxes to achieve fiscal certainty.
November 10, 2015, 10am PST
A recent influx of money to Detroit for demolitions of abandoned properties brings the city's total to $107 million. That money has established Detroit as the country's proving ground for the idea that demolitions stabilize struggling neighborhoods.
October 22, 2015, 8am PDT
Would the Motor City have produced Motown without pianos in every living room?
October 22, 2015, 5am PDT
Detroit Future City has released a guidebook for the process of redeveloping, renovating, and remediating neighborhoods full of vacant and blighted properties.
October 17, 2015, 7am PDT
The Woodward Avenue Action Association recently approved a plan for a complete streets makeover that would connect to the forthcoming M-1 streetcar and cross several city boundaries.
October 13, 2015, 7am PDT
Faced with an estimated 24 square miles of vacant land, Detroit is turning its empty lots into test beds of urban innovation.
October 11, 2015, 7am PDT
Analysis of Census data shows that, while still small in number, more Americans are taking to two-wheels as part of their daily commute.
September 28, 2015, 5am PDT
A new book by Washington Post associate editor David Maraniss examines the glory years of Detroit.
September 25, 2015, 7am PDT
The Census has confirmed what many trend stories and liberals have been saying for a while now—white people are moving back to cities.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
September 22, 2015, 2pm PDT
After billionaire landlord Dan Gilbert commissioned a mural, less-legal works in Fairey's style began showing up around the city. Detroit's case against the artist brings gentrification's ironies into focus.
September 21, 2015, 11am PDT
A new law makes it impossible for property owners delinquent on their property taxes to bid in a foreclosure auction to keep their homes. Larger, commercial interests are benefitting from the change.
September 16, 2015, 6am PDT
Although it's a favorite tool of urbanists all over the country—Detroit has taken to adaptive reuse with singular aplomb.
September 14, 2015, 1pm PDT
Parts of Detroit recently upgraded to parking kiosks that enable technologically-enhanced parking enforcement. A few weeks after enforcement began, the Detroit Free Press offers tips for navigating the new system.
September 13, 2015, 5am PDT
The Quicken Loans founder and real estate mogul now controls 78 downtown properties. His investment choices can set the tone for life in what used to be an abandoned city center.
August 6, 2015, 11am PDT
Detroit's M-1 Rail, under construction since 2014, has bumped back its project delivery date. Blame for the delay is assigned to weather, streetcar delivery delays, and the roll out of a federal transportation law from 2012.
July 29, 2015, 9am PDT
With a request for qualifications for a new bridge, connecting Detroit with Windsor, Canada, and a proposal for another bridge on the table, it'a bridge building time on the U.S.-Canadian border.
July 29, 2015, 6am PDT
Margaret Dewar of the University of Michigan blogs about her new article in Journal of Planning Education and Research, which investigates reuse of abandoned property in Detroit and Flint. You can download the article free until August 31, 2015.
July 26, 2015, 5am PDT
The good news is that middle-class suburbs are becoming increasingly integrated. However, a closer look at the migration patterns of whites and minorities reveals a more complex picture, rife with racism.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
July 6, 2015, 1pm PDT
Over one half of Detroit's foreclosed homes are blighted or abandoned. Buyers who purchased the homes for as little as $1 have little incentive to keep them in good shape—or pay taxes.
June 24, 2015, 7am PDT
The 3.3-mile M-1 Rail line in Detroit has been described as a boondoggle of unparalleled proportions. Boosters of the project, however, have gathering evidence of investment in neighborhoods along the route.