The Intersection: Poverty [CHARTS]

Nearly 50 years after a police raid at 12th and Clairmount streets ignited violence and carnage, WDET and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative are continuing to explore whether the conditions that helped produce the civil unrest in July 1967 have improved for Detroit residents.

One of those is the economic conditions in communities, including the prevalence of people living near or below the poverty level, which was cited by the  “Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders” published in 1968. Commonly known as the “Kerner Commission Report,” the document was the result of a presidentially appointed panel looking at urban violence around the country. 

Click here to visit the chapter landing page at The Intersection project.

Here are some of WDET’s conversations and findings about poverty and economic conditions in Detroit:

A Detroit Today Conversation: The Timeline of Poverty

The Politics of Jobs and Poverty

A Detroit Today Conversation: What is Detroit’s Business Community Doing to Address Poverty?

The Persistence of Poverty: The problems of poverty are bigger than the programs, policies designed to solve them.

All of the work of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative partners can be found here.


Image credit: Melissa Mason

This post is a part of Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

The DJC is a partnership of six media outlets focused on telling critical stories of Detroit and creating engagement opportunities on-air, online and in the community. View the partners work at

Support for this project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.



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