Monday, October 19, 2015

Demolishing Detroit to Make it Better

Q. How do you improve Detroit?
A. By knocking it down.

It may sound like the punchline to a cruel joke but one way Detroit is planning to improve its built environment is through blight elimination. Detroit has received $107.3M to help remove blight in the city through the demolition of abandoned and neglected buildings.

Demolition Impact has mapped the 5,812 building demolished in Detroit from January 2014 - September 2015. Once buildings have been demolished neighbors are able to purchase the now empty lots. Some other vacant homes in the city have been sold at public auction and the new owners have been given six months to restore the properties.

The Detroit Creative Solutions map shows not only the city's demolished buildings but also buildings sold at auction and side lot sales,

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