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.


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.


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.


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

And only three animal shelters. 


How Too Much Parking Strangled the Motor City

When supporting local businesses means driving everywhere.


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.


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.

Associated Press

Detroit Lost a $1 Million Check in a Desk Drawer

Add forgetfulness to the city's many woes.

Census Bureau

Where 60 Million People in the U.S. Don't Speak English at Home

The number is on the rise.

Associated Press

Detroit's Emergency Manager Could Sell the City's Art Collection

Kevyn Orr asked Christie's auction house to come in and appraise the city-owned collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts.


The Uneven Geography of America's Fast Food Jobs

Workers in seven metro areas are striking, but their wages are even worse elsewhere.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Could a Private University Have Made a Difference in Detroit?

Pittsburgh has Carnegie Mellon. In Cleveland, there's Case Western Reserve. What if there had been, say, a Henry Ford University in Detroit?


How Detroit Really Is Like America: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on urbanism we've come across in the last 7 days.


A Federal Judge Has Frozen All Legal Challenges to Detroit's Bankruptcy

A victory for the city's lawyers, a defeat for public-employee unions.