Controversy surrounding Detroit’s ShotSpotter expansion raises transparency concerns among residents
Aug 18, 2023
Detroit’s expansion of the ShotSpotter system has ignited a wave of controversy as citizens demand answers about the technology’s impact on their community and call for more transparency from both the Detroit Police Department and the California-based company, Sound Thinking. BridgeDetroit reporter Malachi Barrett shares what residents are claiming.Read More
Detroit’s affordable housing shortage intertwines with homelessness, amplifying hardships for residents
Jul 21, 2023
“American Black Journal host Stephen Henderson leads a roundtable with BridgeDetroit’s Nushrat Rahman, City of Detroit’s Donald Rencher, and Neighborhood Service Organization’s Linda Little. They talk about the current state of homelessness in the city, housing instability, affordable housing units, federal housing vouchers, and the end to a national moratorium on rental evictions.Read More
Will Detroit’s I-375 Reconnecting Communities Project restore a once thriving Black corridor in the city?
Jul 14, 2023
Detroit’s I-375 is the shortest highway in the country. When it was constructed, it led to the destruction of two thriving Black communities. One Detroit and BridgeDetroit team up to break down the I-375 Reconnecting Communities Project in Detroit and whether the plans will benefit the community.Read More
Jul 11, 2023
Detroit Food Academy is revolutionizing the lives of young Detroiters by blending the art of cooking with life and leadership skills. BridgeDetroit’s Micah Walker learns about the work they do to prepare the next generation of young leaders.Read More
Jun 29, 2023
Bringing together community and civil rights leaders, politicians, activists and residents from across Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Branch NAACP hosted a vibrant and momentous June Jubilee honoring the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom, a pivotal march in the Civil Rights Movement. One Detroit brings you highlights from the events with contributor Orlando Bailey.Read More
Jun 26, 2023
American Black Journal teams up with BridgeDetroit for a virtual town hall commemorating the 60th anniversary of two historic events in the Civil Rights Movement: the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.Read More
Jun 23, 2023
Detroit plans to spend all of its $827 million in pandemic relief funding by the end of 2025, a year earlier than the U.S. treasury deadline to spend the money. So where will it all be spent? We dig into how and when the money will be spent, as well as how it will impact Detroiters’ daily lives.Read More
Jun 23, 2023
The Detroit Branch NAACP plans to unveil a bronze statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In Hart Plaza during its June Jubilee events. We talked with the artist behind the sculpture about his piece and how it found its home in Detroit.Read More
Jun 9, 2023
BridgeDetroit reporter Malachi Barrett outlines Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s proposed property tax changes. Plus, he shares the factors that are influencing many Detroiters to move out of the city and how the Detroit region will play a leading role in the state’s population growth efforts.Read More
May 30, 2023
BridgeDetroit reporter Micah Walker gets details on the Detroit Branch NAACP’s June Jubilee weekend of events in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom, which includes the Freedom Walk Summit, a new Martin Luther King statue, the Freedom Walk, and the annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner.Read More
Mar 9, 2023
American Black Journal and BridgeDetroit team up to examine the barriers Black developers face breaking into the real estate industry and the solutions that are helping support Black development in Detroit.Read More
Feb 21, 2023
American Black Journal and BridgeDetroit examine the changes in Detroit’s political power in Congress, and what impact the loss of African American representation may have on the city’s nearly 80% Black population.Read More
News From Around Detroit
- Art behind bars: U-M program is changing lives of Michigan inmatesby Bryce Huffman (Bryce Huffman, Author at BridgeDetroit)
Artwork from current and former inmates is on display through Sunday in the Free Your Mind: Art and Incarceration in Michigan exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
- With a new director coming soon, what’s the state of DDOT?by Bryce Huffman (Bryce Huffman, Author at BridgeDetroit)
Detroit Department of Transportation leader Mikel Oglesby is leaving at the close of October, prompting some advocates and union officials to worry about DDOT’s future. Oglesby and city leaders say plans will stay on track.
- Metro Detroit students start new school year with familiar challenges, fresh solutionsby Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, Orlando Bailey, Ethan Bakuli, Chalkbeat Detroit, Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press and Micah Walker (Orlando Bailey, Author at BridgeDetroit)
The 2023-24 year marks the fourth full school year since the pandemic started, and offers the state’s public schools an opportunity to recalibrate academic recovery programs, tackle mental health issues, and address longstanding problems.
- New school year and new challenges on the first day of school in metro Detroitby Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, Ethan Bakuli, Chalkbeat Detroit, Orlando Bailey and Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press (Orlando Bailey, Author at BridgeDetroit)
As the new school year begins in Detroit Public Schools Community District and others across Michigan, students face familiar challenges — with the promise of fresh solutions.
- Eastside Community Network regroups after center rammed by pickup truckby Olivia Lewis (Olivia Lewis, Author at BridgeDetroit)
Benjamin Noah Weinstein, a 42-year-old white Detroiter, is charged with six felonies in connection with the Aug. 19 incident that damaged the longtime community center with a predominately Black membership
- Kevin McCarthy is out as speaker of the House. What happens next?
The House of Representatives has entered uncharted territory after a last-ditch, right-wing effort to remove fellow Republican Kevin McCarthy from the speakership succeeded.
- What led to the collapse of McCarthy's speakership and what's next for the House
For the first time in this nation's history, the House of Representatives formally ousted its speaker. A handful of hard-right Republicans and every Democrat voted together to remove the gavel from Speaker Kevin McCarthy's hand. The move came nine months to the day since McCarthy lost his first vote to become speaker. Congressional Correspondent Lisa Desjardins reports from Capitol Hill.
- News Wrap: Hunter Biden pleads not guilty to federal gun charges
In our news wrap Tuesday, Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he lied about drug use when he bought a handgun in 2018, a state judge in New York imposed a limited gag order on former President Trump at his civil trial for alleged business fraud and President Biden sought to reassure allied leaders today about the U.S. commitment to Ukraine.