Detroit hits pause on tax foreclosures to help homeowners during COVID-19

May 13, 2020
Wayne County estimates roughly 10,000 properties were scheduled for tax foreclosure this year, including about 3,200 owner-occupied homes.
Pressing pause on tax foreclosures is a solution to a long-standing problem in Detroit.
Eli Newman

Bus drivers in Detroit, as essential workers, face COVID-19 safety concerns

Apr 16, 2020
After Detroit bus drivers staged a "sick-out," passengers began getting free rides so that drivers wouldn't have to handle fares.
A woman walks a dog at the Rosa Parks Transit Center in downtown Detroit.
Eli Newman

Tesla's Cybertruck tries to make a dent in a tough market

Nov 28, 2019
Detroit dominates U.S. pickup truck sales. Traditionally it's been hard for newcomers to break in.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the all-electric battery-powered Tesla Cybertruck.
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Costly incentives secured Detroit a new auto plant. Will Detroiters get the jobs?

Sep 18, 2019
Detroit officials have been trying to prepare residents to get jobs at the new plant.
The Fist memorial, a sculpture by artist Robert Graham honoring heavyweight boxing champ, Joe Louis is seen near the General Motors world headquarters building, at Woodward and Jefferson Avenues March 30, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.
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UAW says its 49K members at GM plants will go on strike

Sep 15, 2019
After contract negotiations between the United Auto Workers Union and General Motors break down, strike action planned for midnight on Sunday.
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How the closings of two auto plants changed Hamtramck and Detroit's Poletown

Aug 14, 2019
When the Dodge Main plant closed in 1979, local leaders offered GM tax breaks and more land to move in. Now the GM plant is closing, too.
"The Spirit of Detroit" monument sits downtown. In the background is the Renaissance Center, where GM is headquartered.
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Why Detroit is going all-in on heavy-duty trucks

Feb 6, 2019
General Motors this week announced plans to build a new heavy-duty Chevy Silverado pickup truck in Michigan as it cut 4,000 jobs.
The heavy-duty chassis of the new General Motors 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is shown at the GM Flint Assembly Plant on February 5, 2019 in Flint, Michigan.
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Auto show opens in Detroit but some automakers give it a miss

Jan 14, 2019
Big-name auto companies will skip the North American International Auto Show as they reconsider their promotion strategies.
Cars are lined up at the Cobo Center in Detroit Michigan January 13, 2019 as preparations are under way for the North American International Auto Show.
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Maria Walkenbach’s home, located near the bridge construction area. 
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Detroit's new urban farms bring change and raise questions

Mar 27, 2018
Since 2016 Detroit has gained more than 22 new large scale gardens and farms. As these new farmers put down roots, some wonder what the future of urban agriculture will look like there.
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