Dana Afana, Detroit Free Press

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Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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Past articles by Dana:

Detroit paratransit improves but riders expect stability under city oversight

Since Detroit's paratransit services have fallen under an emergency contract, riders have noticed changes. But they expect improvements to climb. → Read More

5 takeaways from Duggan's 2023 State of the City address

Mayor Mike Duggan highlighted crime prevention, housing and defended tax breaks at his annual State of the City address. → Read More

Duggan unveils his plan to reduce gun violence at 2023 State of the City speech

Mayor Mike Duggan delivered his 10th State of the City speech highlighting a new violence prevention program, benefits of tax breaks and cleaning up Detroit. → Read More

Mayor Mike Duggan to deliver 10th State of the City: How to watch

Mayor Mike Duggan is delivering his 10th State of the City Tuesday night, this time at the Michigan Central Station. → Read More

Mayor Duggan to launch gun violence prevention program at State of the City

Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to announce a new program that will incentivize community groups to help combat gun violence in Detroit. → Read More

Detroit City Council OKs $156.5M surplus spending, pay raises for elected officials

Detroit City Council approved the mayor's proposal to spend $156.5 million in excess funds on projects and authorized a pay hike for elected officials. → Read More

Detroit City Council: Reparations task force to research harm caused by systemic racism

City Council President Mary Sheffield announced members of a reparations task force to address economic opportunities for Black Detroiters. → Read More

Great Lakes Water Authority OKs 2.75% water rate increase

The Great Lakes Water Authority board approved a 2.75% rate increase to wholesale and wastewater. → Read More

Detroit panel rejects pay raises elected officials sought, OKs 3.5% hike instead

Detroit commissioners responsible for setting elected officials' salaries voted to raise the salaries for the mayor, city council and city clerk. → Read More

Detroit Land Bank agrees to pay $1.5M to settle federal investigation

The Detroit Land Bank Authority is paying the government $1.5 million to settle a 2019 federal investigation. → Read More

Mayor Mike Duggan proposes $156M budget surplus spending to Detroit City Council

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan proposes that City Council approves a $156-million surplus spending plan to address citywide issues. → Read More

$100M in adult scholarships going to Detroiters for job training, education: What to know

Mayor Mike Duggan zeroed in on various ways adults can take advantage of $100 million in scholarships to grow their careers. → Read More

Mayor Duggan's citywide meeting to focus on job training for Detroiters: How to watch

Mayor Mike Duggan will highlight the city's workforce development opportunities for Detroiters at his charter-mandated community meeting on Monday. → Read More

White House adviser touts Detroit's Jump Start as 'national model'

White House adviser Gene Sperling joined several Detroit officials to highlight organizations helping unemployed residents reenter the workforce. → Read More

Women with disabilities sue Detroit, county, Michigan for government building violations

Several individuals filed a lawsuit against local, county and state government agencies, citing disability rights violations at their buildings. → Read More

'No concrete crusher' in Detroit's Core City, advocates say

Advocates are urging the mayor an Detroit's building department to deny a proposed concrete crushing facility in Core City. → Read More

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Police Chief James White waive towing recovery fees

Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Police Chief James White announced towing reforms that include waiving impound and storage fees. → Read More

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan puts emergency contract in place to fund paratransit services

Mayor Mike Duggan is using his emergency power to put paratransit services in place after council members voted down a nearly $50 million contract. → Read More

Duggan may use emergency powers after city council rejects paratransit services contract

Detroit could lose funding and face investigations if the city does not provide paratransit services, according to the Federal Transit Administration. → Read More

Advocates urge Detroit to turn down proposed concrete crushing facility

Advocates are urging Detroit officials to deny a proposed concrete crushing site in Core City. → Read More