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The Hamilton, formerly Milner Arms

Detroit's inclusionary housing ordinance, explained

Last year, Detroit's city council passed an ordinance stipulating multi-family developments that received subsidies must include affordable housing. Half a year later, has it had its intended effect? We took a look. 

The Hamilton, formerly Milner Arms

Why the redevelopment of a Midtown apartment building is a crucial test case for inclusive housing

When the Milner Arms apartment building was purchased by real estate developer Broder & Sachse, many of the senior and low-income residents worried they'd be evicted. But when the building reopens later this year, almost all are expected to return.

Amanda Alexander, founder of the Detroit Justice Center

Restorative justice city: One woman's quest to create a more just Detroit

The Detroit Justice Center will provide community legal services to underserved Detroiters, support other equity organizations, and promote "just city" initiatives with the ultimate goal of creating a more just Detroit.

Attendees of a community meeting at the Delray Rec Center on air quality assessment - Jan. 25, 2018

How residents of southwest Detroit fought for, and won, a historic community benefits package

The Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be an enormous economic boon to Southeast Michigan, but many in southwest Detroit wonder if they'll have access to those benefits. Thanks to a historic deal, they will.

St. Rita Apartments

Roses for Rita: A brief history of a long vacancy in the North End

The St. Rita apartments, a historic 100-year-old building that's been vacant since the early 2000s, will be renovated into 26 units for low-income residents. But what took so long?
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