Outlier Media’s The Dig has published this story in partnership with Planet Detroit. Nora Rodriguez lives in Southwest Detroit, where she is caring for her mother. Rodriguez has never seriously considered leaving the area despite her own health issues. She is a community organizer and outreach worker with two local nonprofits. Photo by NICK HAGEN […]
Geraldine Smith-Bey, 58, lost her house in 2015 to foreclosure. It ended up on the auction block after she fell behind on her taxes. Photo by Aaron Mondry After six years, a housing dispute between a nonprofit and one of their tenants and vocal critics has finally come to a conclusion. “I’m happy because I […]
Before COVID-19, one of the most talked about issues was news that the City of Detroit collectively overtaxed homeowners by at least $600 million between 2010 and 2016. And, at least 53% of the assessments were in violation of Michigan’s Constitution. The sense of urgency about redressing the overtaxed has faded, but many policymakers, activists […]
This August 2021 rendering from Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, a California-based architecture firm, shows the site plan for the development project at Grand River Avenue and 14th Street in Detroit’s Core City neighborhood. Update: An earlier version of this story indicated that the Love Building is formerly known by that name. The building name […]
Dennis Kefallinos has owned the Russell Industrial Center since 2003. Many tenants describe being on month-to-month leases, which makes rent increases and evictions easier for landlords. Since the start of 2020, Kefallinos has filed 43 evictions against tenants at the Russell, according to records at the 36th District Court. Photo by Zaire Daniels In recent […]
A lawsuit alleging Detroit property owner Michael Kelly uses multiple and confusing contracts to lure vulnerable Detroiters into a “real estate bait and switch” was denied class-action status earlier this month for the very reason the suit was filed: multiple contracts. The lawsuit, James v. Detroit Property Exchange, will still move forward on behalf of […]
Pullman Parc development site at Lafayette and St. Aubin streets. Photo by Aaron Mondry Following building development in Detroit can be a daunting task. It’s a full-time job keeping tabs on what’s been announced, seeking city approval, in the middle of a community benefits process, under construction or behind schedule. But Detour Detroit is betting […]
People wait for the bus on Cass Avenue. Photo by Aaron Mondry This article has been updated. See our note at the bottom for more information. A mass exodus of bus drivers from the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) is critically hampering service, causing many buses to never even leave for their scheduled route. Prior […]
The city told residents of East Davison Village that they’d get access to the neighborhood’s vacant property. Instead, most of those homes have gone to newcomers.
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