Elaine Stritch, brash stage legend, dies at 89

Jul 18, 2014

Elaine Stritch, brash stage legend, dies at 89

Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89. Joseph Rosenthal, Stritch’s longtime attorney, said the actress died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. Although ...

Detroit rolls dice on casino-led comeback

Jun 9, 2014

Detroit rolls dice on casino-led comeback

by Tim Reid and Michael Erman

Detroit’s reliance on casino cash to help fund a recovery from the city’s historic bankruptcy is a high-risk bet on an increasingly shaky source of income. A trial to approve Detroit’s plan to exit its $18 billion bankruptcy, the largest municipal crash in U.S. ...

Detroit project creates 'blank canvas'

Mar 31, 2014

Detroit project creates 'blank canvas'

The families of Detroit’s Brightmoor area are delighted that bulldozers will soon level more of their neighborhood. After that, their community’s future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas. For years, Brightmoor residents pleaded with the city to demolish vacant homes ...

Hope surfaces as bankrupt Detroit eyes rebirth

Oct 13, 2013

Hope surfaces as bankrupt Detroit eyes rebirth

by Mira Oberman

The hollow hulk of Detroit’s once-majestic train station draws a steady stream of tourists to see how far the mighty Motor City has fallen. The Beaux Arts building was the tallest railway station in the world when it was built in 1913, and its ...

Presidents' grand plans fail in Detroit

Aug 12, 2013

Presidents' grand plans fail in Detroit

by Michael A. Fletcher

During the Nixon years, Detroit’s business elite laid plans for the glittering Renaissance Center retail and office complex. The Ford and Carter administrations brought the “People Mover,” an elevated rail loop around downtown that hardly anybody rides today. Other presidential administrations introduced enterprise zone ...

Jul 26, 2013

Still rich in other ways

by Darrell Dawsey

To me, Detroit has always seemed rich. My home town is a city that brims with history. It was the laboratory where Henry Ford would assemble his greatest creation, the automobile, and the city that would forever change how the world got around. We ...

Bankrupt Detroit pins hopes on arts

Jul 26, 2013

Bankrupt Detroit pins hopes on arts

by Edward Helmore

James Morris is the owner of DSE, a downtown Detroit T-shirt business. He hadn’t noticed that his city had filed for bankruptcy and he doesn’t particularly care. “There hasn’t been a moment when Detroit wasn’t dealing with problems. Now it’s just official,” he said. ...

Restructuring wizard sets sights on Detroit

| Jul 22, 2013

Restructuring wizard sets sights on Detroit

The man who has become the face of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy planned to spend his weekend at home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, corralling the ferns that are overgrowing their planters and threatening his garden. Or maybe taking his two young children to the pool. ...

Jul 22, 2013

Governor says he won't ask for federal bailout

Michigan’s governor said Sunday he would not seek a U.S. government bailout for Detroit, saying bankruptcy was a necessary path to rebuild the once great American auto city. “And I don’t expect one. I’ve said before that the state cannot bail out the city ...