MSP: Seat Belt Use Drops To Lowest in 17 Years

The Michigan State Police released data from a study today that showed that fatalities are on the rise, while seatbelt usage is on the decline. We look at how this plays out across a few jurisdictions.

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Candidate Craig: Will The Paradoxes Play In The Provinces?

Detroit Police Chief James Craig’s abrupt announcement that he will be retiring to almost certainly run for governor– as a

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New Grand River Streetscaping: Safer, Slower, Greener

New streetscaping improvements have turned portions of Grand River Avenue, on Detroit’s West Side, from a street-level freeway into something more closely resembling a real city street that people might be able to safely hang out and shop on.

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Morning Coffee, Detroit Traffic: The Post-COVID Craze Is About To Be Wild

Yesterday, Detroit was a whole traffic jam, as an increasingly vaccinated cross-section of, well, everyone, emerged from the cocoons of Michigan winter and lockdowns.

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Police Reform: Imagining New Roles For A Safer, More Functional Society

We expect police to respond to, well, everything. And they’re not suited for it. Rethinking policing in the United States will require us to figure out alternatives for who is responding to what issue.

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Lethal Projectiles: Car Culture, Gun Violence, and Police Shootings

Matthew Lewis points out that departments of transportation and police departments are two of the least democratic institutions in American society right now– and are two of the biggest threats to public health.

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Taxpayers Spend Hundreds of Millions Per Year On Police Brutality Settlements. That Money Could Be Better Spent.

A new article from FiveThirtyEight looks at the staggering sums of money taxpayers are liable for in police brutality lawsuit settlement in 31 American cities. The data are unsurprisingly incomplete, and unsurprisingly appalling.

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Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America

Angie Schmitt’s Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America (2020) is a must-read

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Nice To See You Again: DPD Back in Full Force

Detroit protests have been largely quiet since June. This changed last night when protesters downtown, challenging the new federal law enforcement intervention in Detroit being championed by Mike Duggan, Police Chief James Craig, and US Attorney General William Barr, were met with batons, pepper spray, and tear gas.

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Blood on the Louis Vuitton: Is Looting In Chicago A Referendum On The Zeitgeist?

As Chicago struggles with an epidemic of gun violence, one Gold Coast resident is worried that a looting spree last night on the Magnificent Mile will be used as a pretext for violent crackdowns on the Black Lives Matter movement. This is clearly unrelated to Black Lives Matter. But are not both the looting and the civil rights movement loud referenda on the current state of class relations in America?

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