“Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's administration already has demolished 4,500 "dangerous and abandoned buildings," according to press secretary Naomi Patton, and plans to tear down another 1,500 vacant structures by the end of September — part of Bing's pledge three years ago to demolish 10,000 derelict buildings by the end of his term in late 2013.”- http://www.cnbc.com/id/48214569/Plan_to_Raze_Detroit_Empty_Homes_in_Final_Stages
It has been reported that a deal was reached this past April between the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan to take steps to remove some of the city’s blight. This cohesive plan to tear down thousands of abandoned houses within the city of Detroit is in its final stages. Both Mayor Dave Bing and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder believe this plan will make for safer neighborhoods.
The state agencies involved in the plan include the Department of Treasury, the Michigan Land Bank, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Department of Human Services and the Michigan State Police; as well as Detroit Public Schools and a variety of private sector, nonprofit and neighborhood organizations.
This will come as a relief to many Detroiters who have lived for years with the blight of decaying, and crumbling structures right next door to their own homes. In certain areas there are more empty homes then there are occupied. I recently walked through one such neighborhood and I met two very concerned citizens, Eric Edwards and Mary Brown. They were both very vocal about wanting something done about the abandoned, vacant, and rotting buildings in their northwest neighborhood.
Eric Edwards, “It’s a shame these buildings have been left vacant for over 10 years. To Whom It May Concern, please tear these abandoned buildings down.”
Mary Brown,” I’ve been living in this neighborhood for over 70 years. Yawl please tear these houses down. “
Please click on the link to the featured video for a virtual experience of a walk through a neighborhood on Detroit’s Northwest Side.