Detroit

Reuters

Despite Successes in Colorado and Washington, Marijuana Advocates Still See Cities As Their Best Bet

The working theory: If big, liberal cities won't liberalize their marijuana laws, statewide initiatives are bound to fail. 

REUTERS

Why Kwame Kilpatrick Should Not Serve 28 Years in Prison

It's a waste of space and money to imprison the former Detroit mayor for that long when he's unlikely to commit his crimes again.

Philip Jarmain

Hunting Detroit's Masterworks of Architecture Before They Go Extinct

Photographer Philip Jarmain has spent years slipping into Detroit's historically significant abandoned spaces, now prey to scrap thieves, fire bombers, and municipal bulldozers.

Associated Press

Kwame Kilpatrick Has Been Sentenced to a Whopping 28 Years in Prison

The former Detroit mayor's sentence dwarfs those handed out in other high-profile political corruption cases in recent years.

Shutterstock

Where Even the Middle Class Can't Afford to Live Any More

Some startling math from the country's most expensive cities.

Reuters

Detroit is Paying $600 an Hour to the Guy Appointed to Oversee Insane Bankruptcy Expenses

The high cost of going broke.

Associated Press

How Europe's Financial Crisis Is Slowing Down Detroit's Bankruptcy

A reminder that the consequences of globalization are far-reaching and unexpected.

The Verge

How a Skeleton Crew Fire Department Deals With a Major Outbreak of Arson

A short documentary follows the Highland Park fire department as it does some amazing work with incredibly limited resources. 

Associated Press

White House Offers Up $300 Million to Fix Detroit's Blight

It'll be used to tear down abandoned houses and build smaller, affordable housing.

Girls Who Code

The Power of Teaching Girls to Code

A growing summer camp is giving young women the skills they need to get high-paying tech jobs, before they've even graduated from high school.

Flickr/Mircea2011

Why Is There So Little Innovation in Water Infrastructure?

For one thing, consumers have no tolerance for risk. 

Flickr/Taber Andrew Bain

How to Prepare for Climate Change: Put Air Conditioning in Schools

Because an awful lot of them don't have it.

Reuters

Can Whole Foods Remake Itself in the Middle of a Food Desert?

The high-end grocer will move into one of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods.

Flickr/Matt Picio

Well, This Is Certainly One of the Worst Public Bus Stories We've Ever Heard

In Detroit, a rider says a bus driver cursed at her and refused to let her off. And then things got really bad.

Shutterstock

Detroit Has 50,000 Stray Dogs and Only 4 Dog Catchers

And only three animal shelters. 

Reuters

How Too Much Parking Strangled the Motor City

When supporting local businesses means driving everywhere.

REUTERS

Detroit Police Are Learning How to Do Stop-and-Frisk

The department says its traffic unit will evolve its mission "toward the prevention of crimes."

Library of Congress

The Unsteady Rise of Minority Civil Servants

Where public payrolls still don't reflect the local population.

Shutterstock

Sports Teams Really Can Save a City

How Indianapolis was transformed from a "racetrack in the middle of a cornfield" to a booming tourist attraction.