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 22:40:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 42996 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 40353 at A 'Tale Of Two Cities' As Detroit Looks To 2014 Detroit Billionaire Goes On Real Estate Buying Binge Despite the bankruptcy, parts of downtown Detroit are going gangbusters, and that's in large part because of one guy. Online mortgage mogul Dan Gilbert has bought up 40 buildings and counting. He's filling those buildings — some of which used to be vacant — with new businesses. But some residents are wary of his expanding reach in the city. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 38355 at 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 33056 at Windsor, Ontario, To Detroit: 'Reset And Come Out Stronger' Detroit Voters Narrow Mayoral Field For November Election Less than four weeks after Detroit filed for the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy in history, city residents went to the polls Tuesday to narrow down the field of 16 mayoral contenders for the November election. There are also more than 50 hopefuls seeking nine city council seats. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:24:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 32693 at Detroit Neighborhoods Take Matters Into Their Own Hands Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Detroit's bankruptcy filing has raised a lot of questions about the future of Rust Belt cities. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:39:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 32193 at Detroit Retirees Wonder How Bankruptcy Will Affect Benefits Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. We begin this hour in Detroit where colossal decisions about the city's future will now be made in a federal bankruptcy court. In a few minutes, we'll talk with the city's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr. He's the one who made the decision to file for bankruptcy. First, to one of the key issues, whether retirees will see their benefits cut. It's something Kevyn Orr says is now a question of necessity. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:06:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 31768 at 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 31674 at Detroit Businesses See Opportunity In Bankruptcy Bad Bets, Costly Promises Put Detroit On The Brink Of Bankruptcy The state of Michigan is taking over its largest city's finances. Washington, D.C., attorney Kevyn Orr's job is to reverse a death spiral in Detroit, brought on by an eroding tax base, and years of unwise financial decisions — like promising generous retiree benefits with money that wasn't there, and a pension financing deal that backfired in a big way. Now, massive debt service that threatens the city's ability to provide even a modicum of services. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 24572 at 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 22:06:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 18957 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 21:51:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 12708 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 23:01:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 12407 at Students Say They've Been Denied The Right To Read