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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Can Detroit pay its bills after bankruptcy?

High taxes, low wages, yet the City of Detroit still drowns in debt. Here’s why the city faces long odds even after shedding bankruptcy debt.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Giving Detroiters a tax break

Bankruptcy could offer an opportunity to trim taxes for the city’s beleaguered residents, who pay some of the highest income, utility and property taxes in the state.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Detroit taxes friendlier to businesses than to residents

Detroit is in the middle of the pack among the 51 international cities studied for how much of a tax burden they place on businesses.

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Guest commentary

Michigan beginning to lure venture capitalists

National investors are increasingly bullish about Michigan startups, getting past the mindset that we’re a flyover state.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Duggan donor database: Big-time, Super PAC money comes to Motown

Who gave Mayor Duggan $1 million? A Detroit Journalism Cooperative donation database answers this question and others.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

New private Duggan fund to support ‘Detroit’s agenda’

Mayor Kilpatrick’s civic fund helped put him in prison. Gov. Snyder’s NERD fund brought only regret. But Mayor Duggan says his fund will be different.

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Guest commentary

Getting tough, and smart, on crime in Michigan

The traditional prison approach – anchored in a heavy reliance on incarceration, even for those who could be more effectively punished in other ways – is a losing strategy.

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Public sector

Q&A: Home is what you make it

There are many cities that can be improved with planning that turns public spaces into the heart of those communities. Michigan’s “placemaking” chief explains how.

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