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  • Detroit’s Blight Problem…and Solutions

    Detroit’s Land Bank aiming at neighborhood blight clean up, home stabilization.

  • In Bridge: Those blight removal plans? Here’s how they’re going

    Blight removal was a much-discussed part of Detroit’s bankruptcy trial. As head of the Blight Removal Task Force, billionaire Dan Gilbert took the stand and talked about the need for removing vacant homes. Then-Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr testified about how the $440 million contained in the Plan of Adjustment would go toward fighting blight over a decade. Mayor Mike Duggan has touted the pace at which the city is tearing down dilapidated structures. Now, Bridge Magazine, a Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner, maps out just where the city’s demolition efforts are focused and why. Click on the headline above for the article and find the link to the interactive map down the page.

  • On MiWeek: Blight and technology, Detroit’s next steps


    At our Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner, Detroit Public Television, the MiWeek team tackles how technology is helping Detroit’s blight fight. The trio also examines how the transition of power from Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to Mayor Mike Duggan and the city council will work in the coming weeks.

  • On DPTV: Frontline and Detroit’s blight

    On a special, Detroit Public Television-produced Frontline episode, Reporter Christy McDonald and Producer Bill Kubota tell the story of the efforts to support neighborhoods across the city using social media technology and innovative financing. As they report, vacant structures in any city mean trouble. They are a haven for predators, drug dealers and drug users, and fast declining property values for the entire neighborhood. But in Detroit, an infusion of federal funds, new technology and community involvement are helping Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan speed up the removal of blight in the City and save at-risk neighborhoods from becoming blighted through code enforcement and new homeownership programs.

  • In The Jewish News: Who’s fighting blight?

    As chair of Detroit Land Bank Authority board, Erica Ward Gerson is working on one of the most cited problems in Detroit: what to do about vacant and dilapidated properties. In an interview with The Jewish News, a Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner through New Michigan Media, Gerson details the efforts that promise to be one of the crucial revitalization efforts in Detroit’s post-bankruptcy era.

    By in Blight, DJC, New Michigan Media
  • On DPTV: American Black Journal examines the Blight Removal Task Force

    “Every Neighborhood Has a Future…and It Doesn’t Include Blight,” is the title of the comprehensive plan and set of recommendations to eliminate blight in the city of Detroit. DPTV/American Black Journal Host Stephen Henderson speaks with Glenda Price, co-chair of the Blight Removal Task Force, about how Mayor Mike Duggan plans to accomplish the goal of removing the blighted structures within five years.

  • Mayor Duggan’s blight elimination effort

    Every Detroit mayor for decades has talked about blight. This week Michigan Radio and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative are looking Mayor Mike Duggan’s first six months in office and at how the city is functioning under bankruptcy. One of the biggest problems facing Detroit is the huge number of abandoned houses, buildings, and vacant lots. Here’s a look at what’s changed in how that issues is addressed since Mayor Mike Duggan took office.


  • Detroit is going to need a lot of dirt: Can the city actually remove 400 blighted homes a week?


    Things you might not think about: How much dirt will it take to fill in the holes of the 80,000 abandoned homes in Detroit once the structures are razed? This, along with squatters (an estimated 5 to 10 percent of these homes are still occupied) and paper work (of course paper work), are going to be speed bumps for Detroit as it attempts to rid the city of blight.

    Now, maybe more than ever, there is not only the political drive to remove the blight but also the cash. As the Detroit Free Press pointed out:

    Everyone is talking about demolishing buildings in Detroit. President Barack Obama pledged $100 million for such efforts in Michigan. In his State of the City address, Mayor Mike Duggan pledged $20 million to get started right away. Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr said $500 million will be used to knock down up to 450 properties every week for years.

    But back to the dirt. With 80,000 abandoned homes in Detroit, once those structures, along with the basements, are removed, where are we going to get the dirt? The Freep’s John Gallagher digs into the logistics of actually removing these thousands and thousands of structures from Detroit. Here’s an excerpt from his latest:

    The goal of a blight-free Detroit was set recently by Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who proposed in his Feb. 22 reorganization plan that Detroit spend $520 million over six years on blight removal. Orr suggested the city’s demolition pace could ramp up to 400 to 450 houses per week by next year from 100 houses a week today.

    He said making Detroit blight-free would “dramatically improve the national perception of the city” and “raise investor confidence and effect lasting change in economic growth and quality of life.”

    But one thing Orr didn’t spell out was how the city would achieve that hugely ambitious goal.

    Even some of the people involved in blight removal are skeptical that the target can be hit.

    “I don’t know that the numbers are achievable just because of the logistics of getting the physical title to the property, getting all the clearance, doing all the other stuff that has to done,” Adamo said. “Everything would have to go right. The process is really time consuming.”

    What do you think? Will Orr and Co. hit 400 houses a week? Or is that pie in the sky?

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