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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?

SMART bus in downtown Detroit

What's next for regional transit in SE Michigan? An update after the 2016 ballot failure

A 2016 ballot initiative that would have greatly improved our region's public transit failed. But those invested in the success of regional transit have conducted a postmortem, and are regrouping for another attempt.

Detroit schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti greets students participating in a summer math program at Wayne State University

'Possible, but daunting': Inside Nikolai Vitti's early effort to transform Detroit's public schools

Vitti, the 40-year-old father of four who took over the Detroit district last spring, has promised not just to improve the district's 106 schools. He says he can transform them.

The Improve Detroit app

Detroit pursues better government through technology

Thanks to the work of the Department of Information and Technology, Detroiters can report potholes and other infrastructure problems through an app, pay water and sewer bills through public kiosks, and track city crime through an online map.

Detroit 1967 cover

'Detroit 1967' excerpt: It can happen here

In an essay from the new anthology "Detroit 1967," Desiree Cooper writes about the complicated feelings surrounding Detroit's revival, and how we need to make sure it's rising for everyone. 
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