Michigan Radio: Sarah Cwiek

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Radio in October, 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit. Before her arrival at Michigan Radio, Sarah worked at WDET-FM as a reporter and producer.

4:51pm

Tue March 4, 2014
Economy

Chinese Investors Aren't Snatching Up Detroit Property, Yet

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:27 pm

Foreign investors are taking an interest in low real estate prices in Detroit. But these investors aren't buying up land at the rate that some media reports have indicated.
Mira Oberman AFP/Getty Images

After Detroit filed for bankruptcy protection last summer, the media was flooded with stories about Chinese investors pouring money into real estate there. Headlines like this one summed it up: "Chinese investors are buying up Detroit."

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5:56pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Economy

The Middle Class Took Off 100 Years Ago ... Thanks To Henry Ford?

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 1:17 pm

Ford's use of a moving line reduced a car's assembly time from 12 hours to 93 minutes, but this made the work repetitive for workers like the ones here, who are making flywheels. So Ford paid workers $5 a day, an extraordinary amount at the time.
AP

The home of the Ford Model T is now an abandoned factory complex along busy Woodward Avenue in Highland Park, Mich., and there's not much to distinguish this place from Detroit's other industrial ruins.

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4:47pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Sports

Icing On The Puck: Hockey Fans And The NHL Winter Classic

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 6:56 pm

NHL Winter Classic hockey game seat pads are displayed at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor ahead of the New Year's Day outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Paul Sancya AP

The Detroit Red Wings are kind of playing a home game on New Year's Day — even if it'll be played about 40 miles west of their home ice in downtown Detroit.

Mike Babcock, the Red Wings head coach, told the NHL Network that might not be such a good thing, because home teams haven't fared so well in prior Winter Classics.

"The reason the home team doesn't have much success is there's probably a New Year's Eve party going on in everybody's house," he said. "So you gotta decide whether that's more important, or the game's more important."

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5:01am

Mon March 4, 2013
Around the Nation

Will Emergency Manager Help Or Hurt Detroit?

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 1:02 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Residents of Detroit are absorbing the message sent by Michigan's governor. Rick Snyder swept aside the city's elected officials. He's using his power to appoint an emergency manager to take over city finances. Residents are deeply divided about this move, as we hear from Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Nobody had a comment in regards to the lighting problem?

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4:00am

Fri December 9, 2011
U.S.

In Detroit, Drastic Steps To Avoid Bankruptcy

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 10:35 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Lack of money is also a big problem in Detroit. Three weeks ago, the city's mayor, Dave Bing, made a stark announcement. Without major action, the city will go broke sometime early next year. That leaves state officials saying they may have no choice but to send in an emergency manager, a person with extraordinary powers over the city's finances.

Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reports.

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