Sarah Hulett en Some Fake Coral Might Mean A Sea Change at Detroit Aquarium Detroit's Belle Isle Aquarium is getting a little help from its friends in Washington, D.C. The National Aquarium closed late last year after more than 100 years. Thousands of dollars' worth of equipment went to the Motor City, where its own century-old aquarium is beautiful and historic — but starved for resources. Budget shortfalls forced its closure in 2005. But a scrappy team of volunteers has worked to open it to the public on a limited basis, and they hope the fake coral, fiberglass tank props, and other equipment from D.C. will help it regain some of its luster. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:54:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 55193 at A 'Tale Of Two Cities' As Detroit Looks To 2014 The streets outside Avalon Bakery in Detroit's Midtown are a snowy, slushy, mostly unplowed mess, and all these customers want to do is pay for their loaf of Motown Multigrain or Poletown Rye.<p>But Detroiters are a gracious, if weary, bunch. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 53318 at A 'Tale Of Two Cities' As Detroit Looks To 2014 Windsor, Ontario, To Detroit: 'Reset And Come Out Stronger' The Detroit River is the mile-wide boundary that separates the United States and Canada. And the city park on the Windsor, Ontario, side of the river offers a better view of the Detroit skyline than anywhere else.<p>In a quirk of geography, Detroit actually sits north of its Canadian neighbor. Natives like Stephen Santarossa, who's from Windsor, love this bit of trivia and relish the puzzled look on visitors' faces as they try to draw that mental map.<p>"Do you realize that you are now looking north?" he says.<p>But these two cities share more than just a border. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 48542 at Windsor, Ontario, To Detroit: 'Reset And Come Out Stronger' Detroit Businesses See Opportunity In Bankruptcy Few Detroiters think the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history is great news.<p>But plenty see it as an opportunity. Many Detroit business owners hope the bankruptcy will mean more stability and certainty, in a city that has had little of either in recent years.<p>Sandy Baruah, head of the Detroit Regional Chamber, says the bankruptcy filing did not come as a surprise to him, nor should it surprise anybody else.<p>"Detroit is not unique," Baruah says. "Great American cities like New York, Pittsburgh have all gone through some form of bankruptcy/receivership. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 08:57:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 47411 at Detroit Businesses See Opportunity In Bankruptcy Can Detroit Be Saved? Detroit is broke. On Friday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced the state will take over the city's finances.<p>"It is time to say, we need to start moving upward with the city of Detroit," he said.<p>But the question on many people's minds is whether state intervention will be enough — and whether the more ominous and painful scenario of municipal bankruptcy can be avoided.<p><strong>Adding Up The Debt</strong><p>Just how far gone is Detroit? Sat, 02 Mar 2013 11:05:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 40657 at Can Detroit Be Saved? An Urban Tree Farm Grows In Detroit An entrepreneur says he's got a plan to curb urban blight in parts of Detroit. He's buying up acre after acre of abandoned lots and planting thousands of trees. But where backers of the plan see a visionary proposal, critics see a land grab.<p>Entrepreneur and Detroiter John Hantz, owner of Hantz Farms and the tree-planting effort called <a href="">Hantz Woodlands</a>, wants to plant at least 15,000 trees on about 140 acres. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 21:45:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 37452 at An Urban Tree Farm Grows In Detroit Racial, Regional Divide Still Haunt Detroit's Progress For many years — perhaps even decades — Detroit has been the poster child for economic malaise. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:56:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 32750 at Racial, Regional Divide Still Haunt Detroit's Progress Students Say They've Been Denied The Right To Read Eight Detroit-area public school students returning to classes this week are plaintiffs against a school system they say has failed them.<p>Their families and the American Civil Liberties Union say that the Highland Park school system has denied the students the right to learn to read, and that the state has a responsibility to fix that.<p>Michelle Johnson has five children in Highland Park schools. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 23:07:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 32527 at Students Say They've Been Denied The Right To Read Michigan Town Grapples With Shrinking Public Sector Tammi Warren has lived on the same winding street in the Detroit suburb of Inkster, Mich., all her life. But as she drives down the block in her Ford pickup, Warren points to several houses on her street that stand vacant, casualties of the housing market collapse.<p>Vacant houses mean less tax revenue for the city, and less revenue makes it harder for Inkster to provide basic city services.<p>"[The] city of Inkster has eliminated 38 positions," says City Treasurer Mark Stuhldreher. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:47:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 18006 at Michigan Town Grapples With Shrinking Public Sector As GM Hires, Michigan City's Outlook Brightens Hamtramck, Mich., has seen its fortunes rise and fall with the auto industry. In recent years, they've been falling. But now there's reason for some optimism. General Motors says it will add 2,500 jobs at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant, and bring production of the next-generation Chevy Impala to the facility.<p>The plant, which straddles the border dividing the two cities, has not exactly been humming with activity in recent years. Tue, 07 Jun 2011 19:14:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 5789 at Jack Kevorkian, Assisted Suicide Advocate, Dies At 83 Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the assisted suicide advocate, died Friday at 83. Supporters say he was a compassionate caregiver who paid a steep price for helping chronically and terminally ill patients end their suffering. Critics, however, say Kevorkian's zealotry clouded his ability to behave like a responsible physician.<p>Kevorkian claimed to have assisted in the suicides of at least 130 people with the help of machines he invented. Fri, 03 Jun 2011 12:52:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 5532 at Jack Kevorkian, Assisted Suicide Advocate, Dies At 83 Detroit's Education Rehab: Are Charters A Solution? In the past two years, Detroit has closed 59 schools and cut 30 percent of the school system's workforce. But the district is still staring at a deficit of more than $300 million, and thousands of students continue to flee every year.<p>"If you do the math and you look at the numbers, the question is: Do we continue to close schools here in the city of Detroit to have more vacant and burned-out buildings? Wed, 11 May 2011 20:01:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 3474 at Immigration Agents Accused Of Crossing A Line The Detroit office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is under fire for what critics are calling aggressive and overzealous tactics.<p>ICE officials say they are concerned enough that they're reviewing a recent incident involving immigration agents.<p>But the union that represents agents is complaining that ICE isn't standing behind its officers.<p><strong>A Ghost Town</strong><p>The principal of Hope of Detroit Academy, Ali Abdel, says he was helping out with morning safety patrol on March 31<sup></sup>, just like he does most mornings.<p>"We had a parent come up to me<strong> </strong>an Wed, 04 May 2011 04:01:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 2816 at Immigration Agents Accused Of Crossing A Line