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Boosters hope the renovated Michigan Central Station, once a symbol of Detroit’s decline, will now signal its rebirth. Amy Sacka

A short history of the rise, fall and return of Detroit’s Michigan Central Station

Michigan Central Station stood abandoned for decades as a symbol of Detroit’s decline. A major investment by Ford has breathed new life into the structure – and, residents hope, the city.
More than half of Detroiters rent Detroit’s aging housing stock. Suzanne Tucker/Getty I,ages

Detroit’s legacy of housing inequity has caused long-term health impacts − these policies can help mitigate that harm

Historical housing discrimination in Detroit persists today and causes disparities in health outcomes. Policies are making a difference, but more needs to be done.
Poverty, fiscal stress and abandoned homes have fueled a long-standing stray dog problem in Detroit. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

When people are under economic stress, their pets suffer too – we found parts of Detroit that are animal welfare deserts

A study in Detroit finds large areas without pet resources, mainly in lower-income and minority neighborhoods. Better access to supplies and services could help owners and animals thrive together.
A Dearborn policeman knocked unconscious was the first casualty of the 1932 Ford Hunger March in Detroit and Dearborn. Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University/Detroit News Burckhardt.

Remembering the 1932 Ford Hunger March: Detroit park honors labor and environmental history

On March 7, workers at the Ford Rouge River plant marched for better working conditions, sparking America’s labor movement. Almost a century later, a quiet park honors their memory.
The Fordson High School girls basketball team in Dearborn includes many players who wear the traditional hijab for modesty. Carlos Osorio/AP

A brief history of Dearborn, Michigan – the first Arab-American majority city in the US

The city often becomes a magnet for anti-Arab sentiment during election years and global conflicts; however, the more interesting story is what happens in the city when the spotlight is turned off.
Volunteers at the 14th District Democratic headquarters for the midterm election in Detroit, Mich., on Nov 8, 2022. The 14th District map must now be redrawn. Jeff Kowalksy/AFP via Getty Images

An independent commission is racing to redraw Detroit’s voting maps under a federal court order − but the change may not elect more Black candidates

The commission has tight deadlines to finalize new maps. 2 voting rights experts explain the messy situation.

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