An explosive investigation into corruption at the Detroit Police Department blew open on Wednesday, when authorities announced that four officers pleaded guilty to extortion charges related to the scheme, while two more were indicted on separate charges. The officers accepted bribes from auto collision shops in town,…
As America in 2017 struggles with how much to publicly memorialize the ugliest parts of its past, Detroit has found another way to honor painful history and show that teachable moments have the potential to lift up an entire neighborhood.
There’s a wildly interesting lawsuit playing out in the City of Detroit right now, in which a towing company says the city illegally yanked its permit to operate, while officials accuse the company, Nationwide Recovery, of having a role in an “elaborate” stolen vehicle scam.
The new story of Detroit is, by now, old. Over several decades, a once prosperous automotive mecca fell into disarray for a litany of reasons—white flight, an eroding tax base, crime—and, after filing for bankruptcy in 2013, has since evolved into a sentimental comeback story for the ages. When a new arena for the…
On Friday, a new addition to Detroit’s downtown landscape arrives: a 3.3-mile streetcar line along its main artery, the first to service the city in more than a half-century. To Detroit boosters, it’s the potential first step in solving the city’s notoriously bad public transit. But it’s nothing more than a publicity…
The night 18-year-old Bernard Howard was hauled into Detroit police headquarters he was unequivocal: he knew nothing. Police had heard a man nicknamed Snoop—something Howard’s friend on the east side called him—might’ve been involved in a triple homicide, but Howard was clear: he didn’t know a thing. So he was…
Hello from Detroit, home of Motown, the U.S. automotive industry and, perhaps the most innovative development in this town’s history, a combination Applebee’s-IHOP. These are exciting times to live in the Motor City; nothing gets residents’ adrenaline pumping like the lingering concern of their cars are being broken…
There are so many questions here. A man on Detroit's east side was hospitalized last night after police fought off five pit bulls, possibly belonging to a squatter, attacking him in the nude.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The money was flowing, the pavements were widening, the population was expanding. The heyday of the American auto industry meant designers had free will to push all creative limits to accommodate the driving class, and now a documentary is here to celebrate their accomplishments.
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?
For you Motor City lovers, Model D has put together a list of must-read local blogs. We're obviously biased toward one of them, but there are so many great ones worth reading. (Thanks, Model D!)
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.
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.
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."
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.