Why Flood Victims Blame Their City, Not the Climate

Cities may struggle to gain support for climate action plans because they haven’t dealt with infrastructure issues that regularly afflict residents.

a map of the U.S. Midwest

We Mapped ‘the Midwest’ for You, So Stop Arguing

We surveyed more than 12,000 people (and counting) about the most contentious border question in the U.S. to reveal the true geography of America’s midsection.   

Capturing Black Bottom, a Detroit Neighborhood Lost to Urban Renewal

“Black Bottom Street View,” now exhibiting at the Detroit Public Library, thoughtfully displays old images of the historic African American neighborhood in its final days.

Why Communities Across America Are Pushing to Close Waste Incinerators

They can be a threat to public health, and a poor solution to larger environmental problems.

A block of shuttered two-story buildings

Can Poletown Come Back After a General Motors Shutdown?

The 33-year-old GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant was renovated less than five years ago. But now that it’s shutting down, some residents are hoping to right a wrong.

A church in Detroit just before its demolition in the early 1980s

A Documentary Looks Back at GM’s History in Detroit’s Poletown

“These people responsible for this are worse than the communists in Poland,” one local said when General Motors razed the neighborhood in the early 1980s.

An illustration shows two alleys in Detroit.

Finding the Untapped Potential of Alleys

“We’re starting to realize they’re just as powerful as a park or plaza.”

An illustration of Detroit landmarks.

Travel Like You Live Here: Detroit

Native Detroiters Lauren Hood and Adriel Thornton offer an insider’s view on visiting Motor City.

An illustration of a fork, knife, and spoon above a map of Detroit

The Whitewashing of Detroit's Culinary Scene

The much-lauded buffet of haute restaurants is almost exclusively white in a breathtakingly black city. That’s a big problem.

Lake Erie Gets Legendarily Slimed, Again

A virulent algae bloom feeding on agricultural nutrients has transformed the water, yet again, into something green and oozing.

An illustration of a sink dripping water

Detroit's Water Crisis Hints at More to Come

For years, the city has shut off supply to residents who can’t pay their bills.

A young black man looks at the camera, sitting in a field surrounded by people wearing white.

Documenting Detroit Through Local Photographers' Eyes

This nonprofit gives its fellows resources, mentorship, and the chance to tell the stories of their city.

A close-up view of red swamp crawfish

Southern Crawfish Are the Newest Scourge to Northern Infrastructure

When the tasty critters invade, they can undermine the integrity of dams and levees.

A National Guardsman stands at a Detroit intersection during the summer riots of 1967.

Why Detroit Exploded in the Summer of 1967

Five chaotic days left 43 people dead, hundreds injured, and thousands arrested. Here’s what led to the breaking point.

In this July 26, 1967 file photo, an Army soldier stands guard as men captured in the vicinity of the 10th Police Precinct in Detroit peer from under a garage door awaiting transfer.

Revisiting the Detroit Uprising, 50 Years Later

A new exhibition at the Detroit Historical Museum charts the complicated course of life in the city before and after July 1967.

A man in silhouette in the doorway of a house in Detroit, Michigan, chatting with neighbors

'We Look Out for Each Other Here'

Who will love, and take care of, my neighborhood the way the older residents have?

Ramps and balls which teach physics concepts provided through PNC's Grow Up Great program

How Private Funding Creates Disparities Among Detroit's Pre-K Classrooms

Some students get field trips, science kits, and new toys while the kids down the hall get nothing.

Can Detroiters Finally Get a Stake in the City's Real-Estate Boom?

A new program gives locals the skills to launch businesses and dictate how their city is expanding.

Installation view “City of Queen Anne’s Lace” at Wasserman Projects, José Yaque works courtesy Galleria Continua, Alejandro Campins works courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery NY, Image by P.D. Rearick

Two Cuban-Born Artists Depict Detroit's Resurgence

In a new exhibition, Alejandro Campins and José Yaque capture the energy of the city’s past while exploring its future.

Detroit Imagines a Citizen-Led Smart City

Instead of deploying urban sensors as instruments of surveillance for technocrats, what if vulnerable communities controlled the gear—and the data?