urban blight http://michiganradio.org en New Flint church seeks to save a neighborhood http://michiganradio.org/post/new-flint-church-seeks-save-neighborhood <p>Flint’s newest church has an unusual mission.</p><p></p><p>Its goal is to save the neighborhood that surrounds it.</p><p></p><p>Community Impact Church held its first Sunday service yesterday in a formally abandoned church. The church is surrounded by abandoned homes, blight, and vacant lots filled with weeds.</p><p></p><p>Pastor Corey James says his Allen Park-based ministry decided to set up in one of Flint’s more distressed northside neighborhoods for a reason: To help people rebuild their neighborhood.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17820 at http://michiganradio.org New Flint church seeks to save a neighborhood Detroit starts posting legal notices in new fight vs. blight http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-starts-posting-legal-notices-new-fight-vs-blight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Detroit has started posting legal notices on 79 abandoned homes in one city neighborhood, warning homeowners to clean up the property--or risk a lawsuit, and the city seizing the home.</span></p><p>The effort in the west side neighborhood near Marygrove College was announced Wednesday afternoon by Mayor Mike Duggan, in what he called a "bold experiment" to fight blight.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It will work like this: once a notice is posted, homeowners have 72 hours to contact the city and arrange to sign a consent agreement. It will stipulate that the homeowner clean up the property, and move someone into the house within 60 days.</span></p><p>If that doesn't happen, the city can sue to have the Detroit Land Bank Authority seize the house. The Land Bank will then re-sell properties it deems "salvageable" at auction.</p><p>“When you leave your house abandoned, it is a nuisance to the neighborhood," Duggan said. "And you cannot legally leave your property in a way that’s a nuisance.</p><p>"I'm going to give every single person when we sue them the choice—either sign the court order to get it fixed up and occupied, or we’re going to take title.”</p><p>Duggan said it will be "fascinating" to see how the program plays out in the Marygrove&nbsp;neighborhood effort plays out over the next 90 days--but that plans are already in the works to expand it to other neighborhoods.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duggan</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said represents a shift away from the "mindless demolition" approach to blight eradication--though many homes that are simply unsalvageable will have to be demolished.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“If we take down the houses that can’t be saved, and we sell what’s left…I think people will value that," Duggan said.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lola Holton, a 39-year resident of the neighborhood, said she's ready to see "results."<br /><br />"I'm very, very excited about having community back," Holton said. "That's what we need. We've lost that.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Not only the restoration and taking boards down, but putting families in these houses. To build community."</span><br /><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:51:42 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17162 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit starts posting legal notices in new fight vs. blight Turning urban wasteland into productive green space in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/turning-urban-wasteland-productive-green-space-detroit <p>One of Detroit’s many great challenges could also turn out to be a great opportunity to figure out how we might imagine big cities that are more liveable, more walkable, more sustainable.</p><p>One of the challenges in Detroit is what to do with large parcels of empty land that are abandoned and unpaved.</p><p>Joshua Newell sees those parcels as something that can hold the key to a better American city. H<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">'s an assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to his ideas below:</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:26:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 16628 at http://michiganradio.org Turning urban wasteland into productive green space in Detroit Look at this interactive map for insight into one of Detroit's biggest problems http://michiganradio.org/post/look-interactive-map-insight-one-detroits-biggest-problems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The blighted buildings in Detroit have been a major stumbling block for decades.</span></p><p>How do you start revitalizing a city when so much of it is crumbling?</p><p>Current estimates put the number of abandoned&nbsp;buildings at somewhere between 78,000 and 90,000, but that's a guess. Nobody really knows the true number.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:09:48 +0000 Mark Brush 16499 at http://michiganradio.org Look at this interactive map for insight into one of Detroit's biggest problems Blighted property survey nearing completion in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/blighted-property-survey-nearing-completion-detroit <p>DETROIT (AP) - Surveys have been completed on about two-thirds of all structures in Detroit as part of a project to eradicate blight in the city.<br /><br />The Detroit Blight Removal Task Force is on track to complete its database of 380,217 structures and vacant parcels in February. The project hopes to determine the number of blighted and deteriorating structures in Detroit.<br /> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:12:32 +0000 The Associated Press 16178 at http://michiganradio.org Blighted property survey nearing completion in Detroit New mayor's plans include speedier house demolitions in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/new-mayors-plans-include-speedier-house-demolitions-detroit <p>DETROIT (AP) - Mayor-elect Mike Duggan says he wants to reduce the time it takes to tear down vacant houses as part of his plan to revitalize distressed Detroit neighborhoods.<br /><br />The Detroit News reports that Duggan also told about 50 people attending the ARISE Detroit! annual breakfast Saturday that between state and federal programs designed to attack blight "there is more than enough money" available to transform the city.<br /><br />The former Detroit Medical Center chief was elected in November and will take over as mayor in January.<br /> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 23:53:13 +0000 The Associated Press 15594 at http://michiganradio.org Blight Task Force to count every land parcel in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/blight-task-force-count-every-land-parcel-detroit <p>The condition of every land parcel in Detroit will be surveyed beginning this week.&nbsp; The hope is to complete the survey in eight weeks, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ccording to Glenda Price, a member of Detroit's federally-appointed Blight Task Force. The task force was established this past October.</span></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:05:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15430 at http://michiganradio.org Blight Task Force to count every land parcel in Detroit