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A guy who does what somebody’s gotta do

Detroit Free Press

Jim Schaefer interviews Steven Harris about surprising discoveries made while cleaning out Detroit abandoned houses to ready them for auction.

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Mapping out how Detroit is tackling a mountain of blight

Bridge

No one who has driven through Detroit is surprised by what confronts city residents: More than 84,600 properties are blighted by one estimate, a staggering number that means more than one in five parcels citywide is tainted by a dilapidated structure.

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Determined in Detroit

Construction & Demolition Recycling

Blighted housing demolitions are ramping up in Detroit like never before, and demolition contractors are working diligently to meet the aggressive timetable.

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Detroit land bank auction’s first purchased home sells for $86,500 asking price

Crain's Detroit Business

Just 4 Land bank-auctioned homes have been completed since the program started. The house at 5811 Grayton St. is one — and now it’s for sale.

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The new geographers: How Detroiters are mapping a better future for the city

Model D

Last month, a quiet yet monumental shift occurred in the way government is run in Detroit when the city unveiled its new open data portal. For a city with well-known technological limitations, the portal is a major first step in its effort to modernize its technological infrastructure and develop a culture of transparency.

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Councilmen: Detroit must work to stabilize neighborhoods

Detroit Free Press

Two Detroit councilmen said Friday that the shooting of federal Judge Terrence Berg shows that crime — although down significantly — can happen anywhere and that the city has work to do to stabilize all neighborhoods.

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