MoGo celebrates a year of accessible mobility in Detroit

MoGo celebrates a year of accessible mobility in Detroit

Flanked by a table of pizzas, a plentiful supply of yellow beer, and a diverse crowd from around the metro area, MoGo Detroit founder and Executive Director Lisa Nuszkowski beamed, introducing her team at the bikeshare company. The occasion on May 23 helped celebrate the one-year anniversary of the organization that promotes individual and independent […]

Whatever happened to that whole regional transit thing?

Whatever happened to that whole regional transit thing?

Southeast Michigan’s struggle with a patchwork of underdeveloped public transit infrastructure has long been a subject of debate. The topic came up again after Amazon dropped Detroit from its short list of possible locations for a second headquarters. Many are asking: Hey, what did happen to the Regional Transit Authority proposal that was narrowly defeated […]

Land Bank could determine if $1 billion State Fairgrounds vision moves forward

Land Bank could determine if $1 billion State Fairgrounds vision moves forward

Detroiters wondering about the future of the long-vacant State Fairgrounds might have a better idea after March 21. A Wednesday meeting of the Michigan Land Bank Authority in Lansing will determine if the Magic Plus, LLC investment group, which won a proposal to transform the site into commercial property, moves forward after years of little […]

Detroit Future City road map’s done, now it’s time to implement the plan

Detroit Future City road map’s done, now it’s time to implement the plan

Planning for the future in a city whose narrative has been defined by uncertainty is challenging. Still, Detroit Future City took on the challenge, got input from more than 100,000 community members and adopted as a road map toward equitable and sustainable development by the Duggan administration. Now, it’s time for implementation, says Detroit Economic […]

Searching for the Mythical Yeoman Landlord: Detroit’s Rental Registration Ordinance

Searching for the Mythical Yeoman Landlord: Detroit’s Rental Registration Ordinance

Public champion Bill Johnson recently penned an article on his blog about how Detroit’s rental registration ordinance will exacerbate blight in Detroit neighborhoods. Financially struggling landlords will be unable to comply with the new regulations, he argues, and this untenable burden will displace countless Detroit renters. Johnson is hardly averse to taking strong positions, having […]

Outlier helps low-income Detroiters with landlord, demolition, utility issues

Outlier helps low-income Detroiters with landlord, demolition, utility issues

Reporting on low-income communities is different than reporting for low-income communities. So says journalist and researcher Sarah Alvarez. She points out the disconnect represents a huge problem – a large number of citizens are discounted as consumers of quality, relevant media. Alvarez is the one-woman show behind Outlier Media, a project that aims to serve […]

Southwest Detroit shop owners loft build-outs capture growing demand for “missing-middle” housing stock

Southwest Detroit shop owners loft build-outs capture growing demand for “missing-middle” housing stock

Virtually every Detroiter is familiar with West Vernor Highway. The street not only serves as a major east-west link between downtown and Ford’s River Rouge Plant, it offers a variety of local business attractions. Whether visiting Arandas Tire for automotive needs or feeding a craving for barbecue chicken at Taqueria El Rey, patrons can fulfill […]