An unconventional play entitled "Undesirable Elements/Dearborn" opens this weekend at the Arab American National Museum. The show is a live, theatrical documentary written from interviews with six women about their own lives, identity, and relationship with Dearborn. For the performance, these women will read their own words on stage. WDET had the chance to interview..
WDET/Laura Herberg WDET Asks: What do you and your neighbors want in your community to make it better? Detroiter Oliver Cole Answers: He wants drivers on his street to slow down. So, speed bumps, maybe? Slow Your Roll It’s a drizzly, Saturday afternoon in the Grandmont #1 neighborhood, a northwest Detroit community that boasts..
The Detroit Police Department is one of the few cities in Michigan with its own police academy. Jake Neher/WDET But some cadets -- who graduate after going through the free training -- then leave the Detroit Police Department for other jobs in the suburbs. Their departures leave the city with a shortage of officers both in quantity..
The Detroit Public Schools Community District plans to have art and gym classes in most schools next year, according to Superintendent Nikolai Vitti. But that requires more teachers, and that's a problem because the district can't find enough to hire. Officials are searching nationally for the more than 200 teachers needed to fill vacancies, reports Bridge..
If you make a virtual visit to a certain residential street on Detroit’s east side using Google’s Instant Street View, you’ll get a clear view of the Manoogian Mansion, the mayor’s city-owned home. Click your way down the street, and you can see the red brick and white trim of the next-door neighbor, and a..
A handful of people with the nonprofit Congress of Communities was standing on Vernor Highway in southwest Detroit. They were waiting to take the No. 49 bus, not to go anywhere in particular but to get more comfortable with public transit. This group of organizers signed up for an outing with the Detroit Department of Transportation to learn how to ride the bus and then go back to train their members. Congress of Communities Executive Director Maria Salinas said the group's clients could..
Inclement weather could cause the cancellation of the Detroit Tigers' Opening Day. The last time that happened was in 1979 when over a foot of snow was on the ground. With less than 24 hours before the scheduled first pitch for 2018, the National Weather Service gives a 90 percent chance of rain for Thursday...
As part of the new federal tax plan, the Opportunity Zone program was created to give tax incentives for developments in some of America's poorest areas. But Michigan's plans don't always include locations with the most need, raising questions from some advocates who want to see the program address bigger equity and poverty issues. In..
Detroit’s three casinos' combined February revenue of $110 million was down from the same month a year ago, according to the Michigan Gaming Control Board. Casino taxes are the city’s third largest source of revenue behind income taxes and state revenue sharing. The three casinos reported paying $13.1 million in wagering taxes and development agreement..
Editor's Note: This is a companion piece to a larger story about ways potholes are being addressed in the region. You can read that story -- "Got Pothole Problems?" -- here. If a pothole causes damage to your vehicle, it's sometimes possible to be repaid by the governing body responsible for maintaining the road. Here's how: First,..