Battling Detroit's Arson Epidemic

With so many vacant buildings, firefighters in Detroit are among the busiest in the nation. A new documentary sets out to tell their story

Courtesy Broadway Commons District Study

Reimagining the Downtown Casino

Cincinnati's first casino will incorporate a consciously urban design

Affordable Housing That Doesn't Scream 'Affordable'

Free from stigma and institutional homogeneity, these good looking buildings are in a class by themselves

Rustbelt Baseball Fans: A Little Less Miserable?

Three Midwestern MLB teams with modest payrolls outlasted everyone else this year

Rebecca Cook / Reuters

A Regional Vision for the Great Lakes

A 100-year plan for the region focuses on harnessing abundant freshwater to fuel an economic rebirth

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A City Forced to Turn Out the Lights

Highland Park, Michigan, sees 1,400 streetlights repossessed as it struggles to pay utility bills

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A Tale of Two Arenas: Detroit's Silverdome vs. Pittsburgh's Civic Arena

Two cities choose two very different paths in dealing with aging stadiums

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Keeping Stadium Neighborhoods Alive in the Off-Season

Cleveland finds a way to embrace winter at Progressive Field

A Grassroots Guide to Saving the Rust Belt

Jack Storey of the group Saving Cities on their new film, 'Red, White & Blueprints'

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Has the Renaissance of Downtowns Been Overhyped?

Detroit's central business district is making a comeback, but nationally, the trend is less clear

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

For the Unemployed, Geography Can Be Destiny

Not every place and every citizen has been affected by the recession the same way

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Chicago Tops List of 'Mustache-Friendly' Cities

What makes a city friendly to mustaches? A new 'white paper' explores this pressing issue

Courtesy of the Community Design Collaborative

Redeveloping Former Industrial Sites Doesn't Mean Giving Up on Industry

Brownfield projects in Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Toledo aim to reimagine what manufacturing means in America

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Is Bicycle Commuting Really Catching On? And if So, Where?

A survey of 55 major U.S. cities shows big gains in many places, but plenty of regional variation

A worker at the General Motors Cruze assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. (Reuters/Aaron Josefczyk)

Signs of Recovery in the Great Lakes

Manufacturing job growth rates in the region are looking up, but there's still a long way to go

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Create Your Own Historical Maps with WhatWasThere

New website combines vintage photography with Google Street View

State of Play: Playground Infrastructure in 20 Major U.S. Cities

Which major U.S. cities provide the best, and worst, mix of playgrounds for their youngest residents?

Detroit: City on the Move

A 1965 promotional film for Detroit reminds us how far the city fell behind