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Do Parts of the Rust Belt 'Need to Die Off'?

Texas A&M's Galen Newman argues that some of America's struggling cities should embrace—and plan around—their decline.

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Where Books Are All But Nonexistent

In many high-poverty urban neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for a poor child to find something to read in the summer.

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A New Life for Urban Alleys

Once blighted and overlooked, these small streets are transforming into community and sustainability hotspots.

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Browse Thousands of Tear-Downs on the 'Detroit Demolition Tracker'

The city released this map amid talk that there’s something fishy about its demolition program.

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Mapping the Hidden Patterns of Urban Life

Terrapattern collects visually similar features from satellite images into one searchable platform. 

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Turning Detroit's Invasive Plants Into Community-Building Art

Megan Heeres invites locals to pitch in to transform unwanted shrubs and grasses into paper.

Inside Detroit's Failing Public Schools

How did the school district decline so dramatically?

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The Sickout in Detroit

Most public schools will be closed Monday after the teachers union raised concerns over the finances of Michigan’s largest school district.

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A Clever Use for Awkwardly Sized Vacant Lots: Outdoor Gyms

Free workout spots could help tackle the obesity epidemic, too.

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The Great Lakes Could See a 'Waterspout Outbreak'

Ghostly, seaborne twisters are in the forecast into the weekend.

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6 City Instagram Accounts to Follow

These feeds offer a cleverly curated peek into cities around the world.

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The Mainstream Appeal of Outlaw Street Art

Shepard Fairey was commissioned to paint a mural in downtown Detroit. Now the city is prosecuting him for destruction of property.

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Documenting the Struggles of the Detroit Fire Department

Muckraker Steve Neavling has uncovered everything from busted rigs to broken hydrants to fragile pipes.

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The Great Lakes Are Alive With Toxic Ooze

Predictions of a “severe” algae outbreak in 2015 look to be on track.

A Historic Detroit Hotel Is Imploded to Make Way for a Hockey Arena

The site will become the new home for the Red Wings.

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Let This Delightful Mailman Guide You Through Detroit's Racial Divide

The postal route of Wendell Watkins is ground zero for redevelopment, and perhaps displacement.

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4 Reasons to Remove Traffic Lights in the Era of Peak Driving

In many cases, there are benefits to replacing signals with stop signs—starting with saving taxpayers a lot of cash.

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The Key to Detroit's 'Bright Future' Goes Way Beyond Car Making

The city has a suite of emerging industries, from software development to computer design, that position it for economic growth.