Burnouts, Grafitti And 'Sketchbattling' On Detroit's North End

You should know by now that the best events in Detroit are the ones where we multitask. Here we're combining the love of the automobile with the city's burgeoning underground art movement. » 10/02/14 11:58am 10/02/14 11:58am

Bridge Collapses Over Detroit Freeway, Kills Driver

A pedestrian bridge collapsed this morning on the Southfield Freeway near the Detroit-Dearborn border, killing a truck driver. The state's transportation department is investigating, but says it's "not due to a structural issue." (UPDATE: A truck hit the overpass; that driver was the one killed.) » 9/26/14 8:20am 9/26/14 8:20am

A Few Reasons Why Cadillac Leaving Detroit Isn't A Big Deal

People are all "Cadillac is a traitor to Detroit!" and I'm just kind of "meh" about this morning's announcement, which followed months of speculation. So what if they're moving to New York? Relax, take a deep breath, and see why this is actually a good thing. » 9/24/14 7:27am 9/24/14 7:27am

How Classic Mopeds Are Taking Over The Streets Of Detroit

The other day I suggested that there needs to be a proper motorcycle shop in the city of Detroit. There isn't yet, but I discovered something else (better?) this weekend: A moped shop, dealing almost exclusively in classic models. » 9/23/14 10:49am 9/23/14 10:49am

Here Are Some Easy-Ass Ways To Make Money In Detroit

You want to make money, but you don't want to spend too much. You may have heard that Detroit is ripe for investment, but you're not quite sure how to go about it. Let me be your guide with these super-easy ideas. » 9/17/14 4:10pm 9/17/14 4:10pm

Someone Also Get Detroit's Water Department A New Social Media Manager

Again, like the Detroit Police Department, I'm not sure this is the best social media policy for a municipal department having to save face in the wake of controversy. Is this the message for all those people with no water right now? » 9/09/14 10:35am 9/09/14 10:35am

Someone Please Get The Detroit Police A New Social Media Manager

During a time when we're all watching police departments hoping they won't screw up, the Detroit Police Department seems to be, well, screwing up. They're doing a fine job with trying to clean up the streets, but communicating that message seems to be a challenge. » 8/31/14 10:03am 8/31/14 10:03am

You Can Now Buy A Racetrack/Airport In Metro Detroit

There is a real airport in the suburbs. But the small, mostly dormant Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport on Detroit's east side could go for sale soon as the city's lawyers try to settle this neverending bankruptcy. Oh, and it has a racetrack. » 8/30/14 9:37am 8/30/14 9:37am

Detroit City Councilman Was 'Super Drunk' While Driving

Here in Michigan we have a "super drunk" violation that says if you're tanked behind the wheel, but a first-time offender, you'll pay a bunch of fines and have more stringent driving restrictions. One of our esteemed Detroit politicians is facing that charge. » 8/28/14 11:34am 8/28/14 11:34am

What The Simpsons' Herb Powell Taught Us About The US Auto Industry

What would happen if an automaker read the comments of Jalopnik and gave you exactly what you wanted? Potentially a costly disaster, a lesson we should have learned from a 23-year-old episode of "The Simpsons." » 8/26/14 12:57pm 8/26/14 12:57pm

Rumor Has It Dan Gilbert Is Trying To Buy Robb Report

…or at least a very large piece of it. Because buying every building in Detroit just gets so boring, the city's most famous billionaire is setting his sights on the publishing industry. » 8/22/14 9:02am 8/22/14 9:02am

Will There Be A Hellcat-Nismo Showdown In Detroit This Weekend?

We at Jalopnik Detroit heard a little rumor that the team from one automaker challenged the team at another automaker to a horsepower showoff with some super-fast product. Problem is, one team seems to have cold feet. » 8/16/14 1:13pm 8/16/14 1:13pm

The New Hot Detroit Trend: Walking Around The Streets With Rifles

And here I was thinking that the only thing Motor City kids were up to these days was blexting. Here's a video of a couple guys walking around Detroit's North End neighborhood with some scary-looking rifles. Who knows why? » 8/13/14 8:11pm 8/13/14 8:11pm

Can A 'Bait Car' Stop Car Thieves?

Being friends with Detroit Bus Company head honcho Andy Didorosi on Facebook is kind of like being friends with a mad scientist. Every other status is about grabbing some weird combination of parts — or a whole vehicle — to figure out what to do with it. And his current project is no different. » 8/13/14 10:04am 8/13/14 10:04am

It's OK For Hippies To Squat In Detroit's Blight, Because Privilege

One of the many, many things holding Detroit back is the lack of a stable tax base that comes with owning property because either so many people have left the city or people want to live in homes for free. So when people do try to live for free, it can be problematic. » 8/12/14 12:51pm 8/12/14 12:51pm

Well, shit just got real: The flooding is so bad that some Chrysler plants are slowing production. Expect some future stories about dealers not having enough 200 stock, since that's one of the plants affected. » 8/12/14 11:42am 8/12/14 11:42am

Lots Of Metro Detroit Is Underwater

We got a lot of fucking rain yesterday — more than usual, according to meterologists — and the majority of the freeways are shut down. Lots of basements are flooded, and there are hundreds of abandoned cars on the roadways. » 8/12/14 9:37am 8/12/14 9:37am

Speeding down the path to bring Detroit out of bankruptcy, city retirees — considered the linchpins of the court proceedings — approved pension cuts and a move to spin off the art museum as an independent nonprofit. The vote should keep the city's biggest creditors at bay. » 7/22/14 9:01am 7/22/14 9:01am

So Is Detroit Canadian Now?

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The Packard Plant's New Owner Hasn't Paid All Its Back Taxes Yet

With all this goodwill surrounding Detroit lately, it's time to check in with the dilapidated Packard Plant, purchased at auction last year. So how's it going over there? Eh, not as well as expected. » 7/11/14 10:16am 7/11/14 10:16am