Why Is Detroit Giving Industrial Slumlords Like Moroun A Free Pass?

The owners of the Ambassador Bridge, their trucking empire, and a plethora of shell corporations own many acres of prime real estate close to Detroit’s downtown. Why have they avoided regulatory scrutiny?

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Yesterday Proves That Americans Value The State More Than The People

That the President rallied his supporters to commit a violent act of sedition and insurrection was apparently a bridge too far even for most of his staunchest supporters. What’s a bit less clear is the nostalgic affinity for the US Capitol as a metaphor, given how this administration had already gleefully shredded so many strong and respected American traditions before yesterday.

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Why The “Gun Registration Will Lead To Confiscation” Trope Is Ridiculous

Gun registration is a proposal that has gained little traction because of a widespread fear that it would result in guns being confiscated. There’s little evidence to suggest that such fears are warranted. But there’s also a good body of evidence suggesting that, well, the government probably knows who has guns already.

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Outdoor Dining? This Is A Building With Four Walls And A Roof!

Restauranteurs are finding it hard to figure out how to adapt to the winter months.

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Detroit’s Green Task Force Looks Toward Benchmarking, PACE, Energy Codes

The Energy Waste Reduction Committee of the Detroit Green Task Force met yesterday morning to talk shop for the last

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Facing A Crisis of COVID, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs

COVID19 is exposing a particularly ugly nexus between energy insecurity and housing insecurity, referred to in a few separate presentations at a recent workgroup meeting of the Michigan Public Service Commission.

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Handbuilt: Gratitude and Resilience In The Strangest Year On Record

LAST NIGHT, MY PARTNER AND I SAT AT THE DINING TABLE THAT CAME INCLUDED WITH OUR 1895 HOUSE in Southwest

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Oh, It’s A Coup All Right– They’re Just Really Bad At It.

US President Donald Trump, in refusing to concede the election, is essentially amounting to a coup. Given the limited amount of competency of the administration, it alone is perhaps not terribly concerning– unless, you know, we combine this with the chaos created by COVID, and the threat of state violence.

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A Biden Presidency: Full Speed Ahead On Transit?

Republicans have tried time and again to defund Amtrak, which receives about a tenth of one percent of the funding directed to car infrastructure every year. Will a new Democratic administration be able to (finally) push for modernizing our transit infrastructure?

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