vacancy http://michiganradio.org en The city of Detroit is understaffed for its stray animal problem http://michiganradio.org/post/city-detroit-understaffed-its-stray-animal-problem <p>The question of how many stray animals are in Detroit has been talked about ever since Bloomberg News put out this piece with the typical "Detroit is a hellhole" headline:</p><p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-21/abandoned-dogs-roam-detroit-in-packs-as-humans-dwindle.html" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em><strong>Abandoned Dogs Roam Detroit in Packs as Humans Dwindle</strong></em></a></p><p>Chris Christoff&nbsp;reported that the city had "as many as 50,000 stray dogs."</p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-study-nowhere-close-50000-stray-dogs-detroit">Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reported</a> that other groups said there's no question that the number has been "wildly inflated."</p><p>Tom McPhee of the World Animal Awareness Society estimated there were between 1,000 to 3,000 stray dogs in the city.</p><p>Now, yet another estimate has been published.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:59:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16283 at http://michiganradio.org The city of Detroit is understaffed for its stray animal problem Detroit fire boss: Let vacant buildings burn down http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-fire-boss-let-vacant-buildings-burn-down <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">DETROIT (AP) &mdash; Detroit&#39;s fire boss suggests his department could adjust to a looming 15 percent budget cut by letting some abandoned buildings burn to the ground and using firefighters and even Navy Seabees to demolish vacant structures.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Executive Fire Commissioner Donald Austin says he&#39;s creating three proposals for Mayor Dave Bing to consider in making deep reductions from the current budget year&#39;s $183 million spending plan.</span></p> Sun, 22 Apr 2012 18:02:49 +0000 The Associated Press 7141 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit fire boss: Let vacant buildings burn down Empty Series: In Detroit, it's not squatting … it's blotting (Part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/empty-series-detroit-its-not-squatting-%E2%80%A6-its-blotting-part-2 <p>We&rsquo;re looking at the challenges of the region&rsquo;s empty places this month.</p><p>For many people, the most threatening emptiness isn&rsquo;t a shuttered factory.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s the abandoned property next door.&nbsp; But in Detroit, some residents are using that emptiness to quietly reshape their neighborhoods.</p><p>They&rsquo;re annexing vacant lots around them, buying them when they can or just putting up a fence.</p><p>They&rsquo;re not squatters &hellip; they&rsquo;re <em>blotters</em>.</p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 17:29:14 +0000 Kate Davidson 4879 at http://michiganradio.org Empty Series: In Detroit, it's not squatting … it's blotting (Part 2) Deconstructing Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/deconstructing-detroit <p>Nearly a quarter of the homes in Detroit are empty. That&rsquo;s more than 79,000 vacant homes, according to the last Census.</p><p>Of those, Mayor Dave Bing&rsquo;s office considers 12,000 to be dangerous. They&rsquo;re burned out, or falling apart. They attract squatters and drug dealers. So the city is paying contractors to<a href="http://www.gq.com/news-politics/big-issues/201105/detroit-renovation"> demolish</a> them.</p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:28:03 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3773 at http://michiganradio.org Deconstructing Detroit Census shows 50% rise in vacant properties across Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/census-shows-50-rise-vacant-properties-across-michigan <p>The number of vacancies in Michigan rose by nearly 50% over the past decade.</p><p>According to the latest U.S. Census data, the number of vacant housing units across the state jumped from about <a href="http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_00_SLDH_DP1&amp;prodType=table">448,618 in 2000</a> to <a href="http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DP_DPDP1&amp;prodType=table">659,725 in 2010</a>.</p> Thu, 05 May 2011 18:38:17 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2367 at http://michiganradio.org Census shows 50% rise in vacant properties across Michigan