Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan: One of America’s Most Successful Politicians
With biblical succinctness, and foreshadowing a resurrection, Mike Duggan said, “Let there be light!” and 65,000 LED streetlights replaced the 40 percent of the city’s streetlights that were broken when he took office in 2014. They are among the many reasons that on …
‘Motown Butterfly’ Will Broman Could Trigger GOP Tailwinds
Detroit — While the whole world is watching the celebrity death match between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump, a Michigan statehouse race quietly offers plenty of color and a chance for Republicans to gain a toehold in this beleaguered …
Reporter to Fast-Food Protester: Paramedics Don’t Even Make $15 an Hour, and They Save Lives
This week fast-food workers held protests in cities nationwide, demanding their pay be increased to $15/hour. In Southfield, Mich., the city’s Democratic mayor-elect, Ken Siver, joined the protests, telling Fox 2 Detroit, “You can’t live on the current minimum wage, how …
Bad Timing for Detroit’s ‘America’s Comeback City’ Ads, Huh?
Department of Bad Timing:
After five years of virtual silence during the region’s economic free fall, Detroit is on the verge of mounting a major marketing push to reestablish the city as a host of state and national meetings …
The City of Detroit has defaulted on a portion of its bonds, specifically on payments to unsecured creditors. Those who invested in bonds with dedicated revenue streams attached have been spared, for the moment, but the reorganization plan drawn up …
The Detroit Riot, 50 Years Later
Fifty years ago this weekend, a deadly urban riot began in Detroit. It started around 3:30 a.m., when police arrested 85 patrons of a “blind pig” — an illegal after-hours bar — in the midst of an all-black neighborhood that had …
‘What will you do to bring manufacturing jobs back to Detroit?” the Fox News moderator asked the Republican presidential field. In a very, very stupid night, it was the stupidest question.
In 1950, Detroit’s population was 1.8 million. Since …
Detroit Bus Drivers’ Sick-Out
Each morning, Detroit’s municipal bus service requires about 180 drivers, but yesterday, 156 called in sick. No flu epidemic here, but it was in some sense a public-health issue: Those who phoned in were reportedly reacting to a recent spate of …
It’s Not Like We Weren’t Warned About Detroit’s Dire Future
From the final Morning Jolt of the week:
Detroit Is Bankrupt. Time to Turn the Whole Thing Over to Omni Consumer Products.
The least surprising shock of 2013:
Detroit, the once-thriving Midwest metropolis that gave birth to the nation’s auto industry, …