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.


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.


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.

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How the Next Generation of Detroit Artisans Found a Home

At the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale, the maker movement is remixing Detroit's industrial heritage.

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Designers Morph Bikes and Cars into Green Frankenvehicles

These human-powered jalopies invoke the fantastical vision of Buckminster Fuller.

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The Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters of 2014

Here's a grim reminder of the rising number of weather and climate calamities.

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Making Ghostly Art From Detroit's Sewer Steam

Take a trip to a nightmare world full of giant pigeons and animal-headed businessmen.

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There Are Echoes of Ferguson in Detroit

A wealthy white suburb is building barricades to seal itself off from Detroit, but the divide is about more than physical barriers. 

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A Detroit Suburb Attempts to Sneakily Gate Itself Off

Grosse Pointe Park has put up a massive barn at its city limits—and its not the first structure that blocks a route through the border.

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How Residents Cope When Detroit Shuts Off Water for 100,000 People

Some run dry. Others pay $30 for plumbers to illegally turn the taps back on.

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Detroit Still Shouldn't Sell Its Art

Auctioning off Detroit's art collection would reduce the city's debt, not its suffering. Residents shouldn't go for it, even as the price climbs.

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How Detroit's Vacant Lots Could Help Allergy Sufferers

Allowing the city to gradually reforest itself, rather than occasionally mowing weeds, could reduce pollen counts.

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A Parking Garage That Makes You Want to Keep Hunting for a Space

In Detroit, park your car in 'The Z' and you'll find yourself in a drive-thru art gallery.

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These Detroit Bus Stop Benches Are Made From Demolished Homes

An effort to turn neglected spaces into pleasant zones for taking a load off.