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Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive decision-making that strengthens communities in Southeast Michigan.

7.2 SQ MI: New report released on the Greater Downtown Detroit area

The Hudson-Webber Foundation recently released a new report, “7.2 SQ MI”, which focuses on the data story of Greater Downtown Detroit, a 7.2 square mile collection of neighborhoods: Downtown, Midtown, New Center, Woodbridge, Eastern Market, Lafayette Park, Rivertown and Corktown. The report was prepared with the assistance of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, [Read on...]

Elections 2013: Exploring the City Council by Districts

This year’s upcoming municipal election will be the first time in nearly 100 years that Detroiters will elect the city council from defined districts. Historically, Detroit’s nine City Council members have been elected at-large with each of them representing the city as a whole rather than a particular district. However, with the passing of Detroit’s [Read on...]

A New Main Street in TechTown

by Dana Politi, Communications

In early 2012, TechTown graciously opened their doors to Data Driven Detroit when we needed to quickly find new office space. After seven months in a temporary office space, D3 has moved to a new permanent home on the third floor of the entrepreneurial incubator. While we are getting comfortable [Read on...]

Creative State Michigan 2012: The D3 Experience

Billy Hunter, Project Manager

ArtServe Michigan, in collaboration with Data Driven Detroit, has released its latest Creative State Michigan report. For the second year running, the report reveals the economic importance of the arts and cultural institutions in Michigan’s economy. From the press release: “The report details economic and social data from 346 nonprofit [Read on...]

Meet The D3 Staff: Nate Barnes

This Q&A is the second in a series of profiles of Data Driven Detroit staff members.

Nate Barnes was first introduced to Data Driven Detroit through Assistant Director of Projects Erica Raleigh in October 2011 at a Wayne State University event. He began interning at D3 shortly thereafter. As a data analyst, Nate primarily [Read on...]

The Molecule Behind the Crime

Morgan Robinson, Senior Analyst

A recent article in Mother Jones, “America’s Real Criminal Element: Lead,” by Kevin Drum explores the statistical link between childhood lead exposure and criminal behavior later in life. In major cities across the board, Drum associates a dramatic upward shift in crime rates during the 1970’s with associated with the introduction [Read on...]

New Census Projections Underscore Changing Demographics

Kurt Metzger, Director

Figure 1. Projected National Race and Ethnic Trends, 2015 – 2060

New population projections from the Census Bureau make it quite clear that the U.S. population will be considerably older and more racially and ethnically diverse by 2060. These projections of the nation’s population by [Read on...]

A Detroit Data History Lesson with Kurt Metzger

by Kurt Metzger, Director

As we enter into 2013, Data Driven Detroit’s new affiliation with the Michigan Nonprofit Association has inspired me to take a step back and reflect on my history and how Data Driven Detroit was born. The history of the organization and my own are inexorably intertwined! In 1975, I accepted a [Read on...]

Thank you, Graphic Design Intern Rob Anderson!

Graphic Design Intern Rob Anderson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Arts from Wayne State University in 2009. Leading up to his internship at Data Driven Detroit, Rob has performed freelance graphic design jobs in addition to his position as an inventory auditor. Rob joined the D3 team at the end of the [Read on...]

New Partnership for a New Year

by Dana Politi, Communications

Data Driven Detroit (D3) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA).

D3 Director Kurt Metzger and MNA Director Kyle Caldwell addressing the full staff for the first time

The new affiliation will provide the opportunity for D3 and MNA to effectively support the nonprofit, [Read on...]