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Detroit, Michigan is a city in the United States known for its rich history and industrial roots. Founded in 1701 by the French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, Detroit grew rapidly in the 19th century as a hub of manufacturing and transportation. Over the years, the city has undergone significant changes, including economic decline and urban decay, but it has also experienced a wave of revitalization in recent decades. Today, Detroit is a vibrant urban center that offers a mix of cultural attractions, entertainment venues, and outdoor spaces.

Geography and Climate

Detroit is located in southeastern Michigan, along the Detroit River and adjacent to Lake St. Clair. The city covers a total area of 142.87 square miles, of which 138.76 square miles is land and 4.11 square miles is water. The city is divided into seven districts, each with its own distinct character and attractions. These districts include Downtown Detroit, Midtown, New Center, Eastern Market, Southwest Detroit, Northwest Detroit, and the Far Eastside.

Detroit has a humid continental climate, characterized by warm summers, cold winters, and four distinct seasons. Average temperatures range from 29°F in January to 76°F in July, with an annual mean temperature of 49.3°F. The city receives an average of 33.5 inches of precipitation each year, with the majority falling as rain during the summer months.


Detroit has a rich history that spans more than three centuries. The city was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Huron, who were forced to leave the area after the French arrived in the early 1700s. The French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac established a trading post at the site that eventually became Detroit in 1701, naming it Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit after the French minister of marine.

In the years that followed, Detroit grew rapidly as a hub of trade, commerce, and transportation. The city played a key role in the fur trade and was an important supply center during the American Revolution. In 1805, a devastating fire destroyed much of Detroit, prompting city leaders to rebuild with wider streets and more durable buildings.

Throughout the 19th century, Detroit experienced significant economic growth as a center of manufacturing, particularly in the automotive industry. The city became known as the “Motor City” and was home to major automakers such as Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. As the city’s population grew, so too did the challenges facing local officials, including labor strikes, race riots, and rising crime rates.

Starting in the mid-20th century, Detroit began to experience a period of economic decline and urban decay. The city’s population dropped from a peak of 1.8 million in the 1950s to just over 670,000 in 2019. High unemployment, deindustrialization, and a series of political scandals further eroded residents’ confidence in local government, leading to a decline in services and infrastructure.

In recent years, however, Detroit has shown signs of a comeback. In 2013, the city filed for bankruptcy, but emerged two years later with a plan to restructure its finances and improve services. A variety of initiatives have helped revitalize Detroit’s downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, including investment in public transportation, housing renovation, and entrepreneurship programs.

Culture and Attractions

Detroit is home to a rich array of cultural and entertainment venues. The city is perhaps best known for its contributions to music, particularly in the genres of Motown, techno, and hip hop. The Motown Museum, located in the city’s New Center district, showcases the history of the Motown sound and the artists who popularized it, such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Supremes, and Stevie Wonder.

Other notable cultural attractions in Detroit include the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the largest and most comprehensive art museums in the United States; the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which celebrates the African American experience and culture; and the Michigan Science Center, a hands-on museum with exhibits on science, technology, engineering, and math.

In addition to its cultural offerings, Detroit boasts a vibrant nightlife scene. The city has numerous bars, clubs, and music venues that cater to a diverse range of tastes and interests. The city is also home to several major sports teams, including the Detroit Lions (football), Detroit Tigers (baseball), and Detroit Pistons (basketball).

Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to explore in Detroit, including numerous parks and recreational areas. The city’s riverfront offers stunning views of the Detroit River and Canada, and is home to attractions such as the Detroit RiverWalk and the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor. Belle Isle Park, a 987-acre island park located in the Detroit River, features hiking trails, a nature center, and a zoo.


Detroit’s economy has traditionally been centered around manufacturing and the automotive industry. However, in recent years, the city has diversified its economy and attracted new industries, including health care, technology, and entrepreneurship. The city is home to a number of major companies, including General Motors, Ford, and Quicken Loans.

In 2013, Detroit filed for bankruptcy, citing a combination of declining population, shrinking tax revenues, and unmanageable pension debts. The city emerged from bankruptcy two years later with a plan to restructure its debts and improve its financial situation. Since then, local officials have made efforts to attract new investment and revitalize key areas of the city, particularly downtown and Midtown.

Today, Detroit’s economy is characterized by its mix of traditional manufacturing and new, emerging industries. While the city still faces challenges, including high levels of poverty and unemployment, it has seen signs of progress in recent years and continues to pursue new opportunities for growth and development.

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Graham Rahal wants to see improvement within his father’s team before deciding IndyCar future

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 21:07

Graham Rahal, son of 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby, has warned that he may retire if a competitive seat is not in his future. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL), the team he currently drives for, made major upgrades in personnel and opened a new state-of-the-art shop over recent years. RLL has expanded to three full-time cars and added Katherine Legge to its Indy 500 roster. Despite high hopes for this year, Rahal did not place in the first few races of the season including a pair of sixth-place finishes, only managing to qualify eighth at the recent Indy 500. RLL has redeemed hope with a strong opening weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rahal is counting on the organisation to turn things around, but as of yet negotiations for his future contract have not begun.
Canada, U.S. team up on EV charging corridor from Quebec City to Kalamazoo

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 21:03

Canada and the United States are joining forces to construct an electric vehicle (EV) corridor of charging stations to promote EV adoption. The corridor will have charging infrastructure every 80 kilometres from Quebec City to Kalamazoo, Michigan, covering 1,400 kilometres. The 215 charging stations will fuel one of the busiest passenger and trade routes between the two countries. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed on a cross-border EV charging network in March. The move will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which the Canadian government says accounts for 23% of Canada's total emissions.
Spurs win NBA draft lottery — and No. 1 pick Victor Wembanyama; Raptors stay at 13

The Toronto Star

23-05-17 01:42

The San Antonio Spurs have won the top spot in the NBA draft lottery, giving them the chance to secure potentially the best NBA prospect since LeBron James in 2004, France’s Victor Wembanyama. The 19-year-old spent the past season playing for Metropolitans 92 in France’s top professional league. James described Wembanyama as "an alien" on the court, highlighting his ability to carry out complex moves despite his height of 7ft 4in. The Toronto Raptors will retain the 13th pick. With three key players eligible to become free agents next month, the Raptors face potential hefty competition as five of the top eight picks are currently expected to go to Eastern Conference teams. Donovan Mitchell (2017), Devin Booker (2015) and Zach LaVine (2014) have emerged from the 13th pick, while Georgios Papagiannis (2016) did not reach his perceived potential.
Michael Lorenzen has season-high 7 strikeouts, Tigers beat Pirates 4-0

The Toronto Star

23-05-17 01:05

The Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0, with Michael Lorenzen having a season-high seven strikeouts in six innings. The Pirates, meanwhile, have lost 12 of their 14 games while scoring just 22 runs. Spencer Torkelson doubled twice and scored and knocked in a run, while Riley Greene had three hits. The Tigers' Eduardo Rodriguez will carry a streak of 19 1/3 scoreless innings into Wednesday’s contest, having allowed just two runs in his last six starts. Rich Hill will pitch the second game of the series for the Pirates.
Spurs win NBA draft lottery, earning right to draft generational prospect Wembanyama


23-05-17 00:49

The San Antonio Spurs, who had a 14% chance of getting the top pick in the US National Basketball Association's (NBA's) draft lottery, have won it and plan to make 19-year-old Frenchman Victor Wembanyama the overall No. 1 selection. The 7-foot-3 player owns the shooting touch of a wing, the height of a centre and the passing ability of a point guard, according to experts. This year, the Spurs were tied for the second-worst NBA record and are known for developing international talent including Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.
Icy northern U.S. city becomes haven for climate migrants

Japan Times

23-05-17 05:30

Duluth, Minnesota is being touted as a climate refuge as people try to escape the worst effects of the environmental crisis on the US coasts. Duluth's historically cheap housing, cold, relatively unpolluted environment and fresh water are among the reasons experts like Tulane University's Jesse Keenan suggest it may attract climate migrants. However, Duluth's mayor, Emily Larson, said she finds it 'terrifying", that the city is not ready for an influx of new residents used to the changed climate in other states. Furthermore, Keenan warned that poor urban planning or oversight could cause new problems and disadvantage poorer residents.
Democrats, environmentalists clash over a bill to save California's sequoias

Washington Post

23-05-17 10:54

The US House Natural Resource Committee will discuss a plan this week to protect California’s giant sequoias from fires and climate change. The Save Our Sequoias Act is a bipartisan piece of legislation that offers over $300m and further emergency protection options for US Forest Services to tackle the effects of climate change and wildfires on the world’s largest trees, which are going extinct. However, many Democrats and environmental advocacy groups have opposed the bill, stating that the plan could weaken environmental laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The legislation would allow environmental projects to move ahead under emergency conditions before being assessed for their potential environmental impact. The outcome of the vote will directly impact the future of protecting the Sequoia National Forest and the balance between environmental protection and climate change mitigation.
Enbridge punches back on Line 5 challenge: 'Nothing but counterfactual speculation'


23-05-17 19:14

Enbridge has argued there is no "imminent threat" of Line 5 collapsing in Wisconsin, in new court documents filed ahead of a cross-border pipeline hearing. On Thursday, a judge in Madison is set to hear oral arguments on a motion filed by the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa to shut the contested line down, citing the risk flooding renders the line more prone to rupture. Enbridge stated the risk was being managed and contested the "alarmist" position of the tribe. Shutting down the pipeline would carry significant economic implications, with Line 5 supplying refineries in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ontario and Quebec, and helping supply major airports.
Four guards to face trial in 2014 death of man at a Detroit-area shopping mall

The Toronto Star

23-05-17 21:34

Four security guards accused of the involuntary manslaughter of a man at a Detroit-area shopping mall in 2014 will go on trial, a judge said. The guards were implicated in the death of McKenzie Cochran, who was hit with pepper spray before being handcuffed and dying of compression asphyxiation, authorities said. Charges were initially declined by prosecutor Jessica Cooper as guards had "no intent to harm" Cochran, but the case was reopened by Michigan's attorney general's office. Cochran's death resurfaced last year due to growing attention on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Oilers GM Ken Holland non-committal on future after 'devastating' playoff loss


23-05-17 20:17

Ken Holland, the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, has pledged to see out his contract, which has one year remaining. Holland has said he still has the hunger to do the job, but other factors could influence the decision he will have to make after next season. The Oilers finished the season right up against the NHL’s salary cap, and Holland must decide how to handle restricted free agents and regular ones hitting the open market. The manager is hoping to take the team to greater heights next year, but recognizes that he has tough decisions to make.
Sending B.C. cancer patients to U.S. for care will triple the cost

The Globe and Mail

23-05-18 01:48

The province of British Columbia will spend three times more on radiation therapy for cancer patients in the US than it would at home, excluding travel costs, according to the province. Beginning on 29 May 2021 and for patients requiring five fractions of radiation therapy, the cost of treatment would be $3,854 at home compared to $12,277 at two private clinics in Bellingham. The programme aims to mitigate unacceptable waiting times at home, and the ministry of health plans to set aside up to CAD39m ($32m) per year for the initiative.
What if San Francisco never pulls out of its ‘doom loop’?

Financial Times

23-05-18 04:22

The city of San Francisco is grappling with a severe urban crisis characterized by drug addiction, homelessness, and violence. San Francisco has the second-highest rate of drug deaths in the United States and has seen twice as many fatal overdoses as COVID-19 deaths since 2020. This deadly crisis is a result of fentanyl being flooded into US cities to meet the opioid demand that was created by overprescribing. The problems in San Francisco go beyond drugs; the city has a glaring wealth gap, one of the most significant in the US, with tech companies such as Apple, Nvidia, and Alphabet producing wealth, while almost a third of the city’s commercial estate lies vacant. This economic, social, and downward sprial seems increasingly irreversible, and San Francisco seems closer to the brink than ever.

The city’s political class has been accused of failing its citizens. Wealthy neighborhoods in the city have experienced vicious attacks, including the fatal stabbing of Cash App founder Bob Lee and a home burglary that left former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a fractured skull, viewed as symbols of pervasive lawlessness. Urban Alchemy, a non-profit organization in charge of the city’s streets’ revitalization, has reversed 1,300 opioid overdoses in two years while being controversial. The organization has been accused of exploiting a loophole exempting charitable organizations from security training and background checks, and some of its employees have been shot at or injured on the job.

San Francisco’s wealth inequalities have created a social problem where Black people are ten times more likely to be homeless than white people. As overpriced housing and rent become scarcer, even tech workers see fewer reasons to live in San Francisco. Matkovic, a tech entrepreneur, blames the city’s drug crisis on drug availability and what he describes as an underlying unsafe element, which has now spread out beyond a few neighborhoods.

More than 30 million US drivers don’t know if they’re at risk from a rare but dangerous airbag blast

Associated Press

23-05-18 15:57

ARC Automotive is refusing to recall potentially exploding airbag inflators that are present in the vehicles of more than 33 million people in the US. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has demanded the recall of the units, which have been linked to two deaths and at least seven injuries, and has claimed that the inflators have been found to be defective following an eight-year investigation. Automakers, including Chevrolet, BMW, Ford and Porsche, have sought clarity from the NHTSA. No manufacturer has so far identified an issue affecting all 67 million inflators, necessitating a recall, according to ARC.
Clerk who locked door before shooting in gas station charged with involuntary manslaughter

Associated Press

23-05-18 23:34

A gas station clerk who locked a door during a dispute over a small purchase was charged with involuntary manslaughter after the uproar led to the fatal shooting of another man. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy filed the charge against Al-Hassan Aiyash, 22, of Hamtramck, in connection with the fatal May 6 shooting of Gregory Kelly, 37, of Detroit, who also was inside the gas station. Aiyash pushed a security button to unlock the door, but didn’t tell the men seconds before the shooting began.
US Agrees on Taiwan Trade Terms, Clouding Plans for China Talks


23-05-18 21:00

The US and Taiwan have agreed to deepen their economic relationship, which is part of a broader response to rising trade tensions with China. This deal was announced hours after the Chinese embassy in Washington said that Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao is scheduled to meet with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai. The initiative does not address tariffs issues or amount to a formal free-trade agreement. However, it introduces measures to smooth border procedures and improve regulation, making it easier and less expensive to sell US products to Taiwan.
U.S. agrees on Taiwan trade terms, clouding plans for China talks

Japan Times

23-05-19 02:50

The US and Taiwan have announced a new agreement to strengthen trade ties, marking the first tangible results of an initiative announced last year. The deal, which is not a formal free-trade agreement and doesn't cover tariffs, was announced shortly after China's embassy in Washington said Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao was due to meet the US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai in Detroit. Beijing has criticised US efforts to formalise ties between the US and Taiwan. The latest agreement will streamline customs, reduce wait times for trucks and vessels and improve regulation.
The Hypocrisy of the Left on Energy Policy


23-05-19 02:48

President Joe Biden's plan to slow fossil-fuel development and promote electrification will result in a financial burden on lower and middle-income Americans, according to RealClear Energy. The American taxpayers' "electric bills rise" as the US government spends billions connecting wind/solar to the electricity grid required by Biden policies. Research has also highlighted that displacing energy-intensive production to China, which has not committed to reducing emissions before 2027, means "global temperatures will not change" and thus, the existence of policies promoting savings in resources will not make much of a difference.
Detroit enclave city built on auto industry struggles under $20M water debt

Associated Press

23-05-19 05:35

The US city of Highland Park, surrounding Detroit, could face municipal bankruptcy as it owes about $20m to a regional water service, and has few resources with which to build. In its auto baron heyday, over 50,000 people lived in Highland Park in elegant homes similar to those in Detroit. However, after the auto industries moved away to nearby Dearborn, the population dropped and “abysmal” levels of poverty and abandonment took over as jobs and families moved. The water bill dates back to the 1990s, and Highland has not paid for sewer services since April 2021, nor less than 1% of water service charges since 2012. While the state treasurer’s office is reviewing Highland Park’s request for a financial review, municipal bankruptcy might be a “Band-Aid” solution, said Alan Mallach, author of “Smaller Cities in a Shrinking World: Learning to Thrive Without Growth.”
‘That sucked’: Players from teams that got close reflect on Canada’s Cup drought

The Toronto Star

23-05-19 10:00

It's been 30 years since a Canadian NHL team last won the Stanley Cup, with the country now enduring a head-scratching drought. Although six different teams have come agonizingly close to lifting the famous trophy since Montreal Canadiens' success in 1993, none have been able to reach the summit. The experience of playing in a hockey-mad Canadian city, let alone winning the Cup, is a unique and special one, with players receiving hero status from fans. Despite the increased pressure, some players saw it as a positive, a rallying unit among a passionate fan base. Although there is no doubt the external expectation is real, players such as former Vancouver Canuck Jannik Hansen said it fuelled the excitement of the experience when their team was winning. Despite enduring the disappointment of not winning the Stanley Cup, the players look back on those campaigns fondly, where they lived and breathed the sport and attempted to make history for their city and country.