If Kevyn Orr wanted to demonstrate the sheer scope of Detroit's dysfunction in his two-hour round-up of unions, creditors and pension officials at the Metro Airport Westin, he succeeded.
In February, Darin McLeskey, an engineer, was elated when a work crew from the newly-launched Detroit Blight authority cleared a 10-block tract of mostly abandoned homes and weeds in his neighborhood. Today, he says, the area is in some ways worse than it was a year ago.
The debate about Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker, is on. He's either a hero for shining his LED flashlight down the blacked-out rabbithole of national intelligence. Or he's a traitor for doing the same thing.
It’s a grocery store, not a phenomenon. But in Detroit, which is quietly staging a modest food revolution, the opening of a Whole Foods market is a happening utterly disproportionate to the city’s size.
In the worst of times — say, 2009 — the Michigan State Fairgrounds was a 157-acre liability. In today’s improving economy, the fairgrounds look sweeter.
Andy Williams, urban farmhand, and Mike Score, president of Hantz Woodlands, are sweating in the hot sun, attacking three vacant, overgrown lots with chainsaws and a backhoe.
One of the little-known gems of the Detroit Institute of Arts is on display, but not on the walls.
On an extended drive-about from Australia, Brendan Edgerton parked his $150 right-hand drive 1989 Holden Commodore at the entrance to the Henry Ford Museum. He had come to see Tucker automobile #16, one of the world’s 47 existing Tuckers built by automotive dreamer Preston Tucker in 1948.
Minister Louis Farrakhan filled the sanctuary — once a school auditorium — of New Destiny Baptist Fellowship on the west side, but barely so.
Thank you for your service, Mayor Bing. This decision to step aside is not “a shocker,” as one headline claimed, but an expression of this mayor’s pragmatic self.
In a striking reversal, a slice of Detroit suburbia from the 1950s has landed in Midtown.
When Debbie Dingell toyed with running for the U.S. Senate last month, she called on EMILY's List to evaluate her chances and think through a potential candidacy.
Michigan’s governor is on record that he’s “against discrimination.” But he has dodged whether he’ll stick up for gays and lesbians in Michigan, if pushed.
Laura Berman is a Detroit News columnist who writes about local, national and, occasionally, personal issues.
Laura has been a features writer, columnist, business and political reporter and magazine staff writer at the Detroit Free Press, and a contributor to many national magazines. Her journalism awards include a National Headliner Award for column writing. She has a degree in history from the University of Michigan.
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