40 ways Metro Times changed Detroit (and beyond) over the past 40 years 

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Avoiding a fall

Ann Mullen scooped the dailies in "All fall down," an April 1999 article about the bankruptcy of MCA Financial Corp., a multimillion-dollar mortgage company that owned about 3,600 rental properties in the city's poorest neighborhoods. Many of the properties were in disrepair, and the bankruptcy would've devastated Detroit's tax base, housing market, and the census count; she also exposed ties between MCA and a nonprofit that was being used to increase the company's profits. About a month after publishing, a task force of officials and neighborhood leaders formed to determine how to manage the properties and bring them up to code.



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