Detroit's Blight Task Force http://michiganradio.org en Demolish or Restore? How should Detroit handle blight? http://michiganradio.org/post/demolish-or-restore-how-should-detroit-handle-blight <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Blight is one of the biggest challenges facing Detroit. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should we tear down and start fresh? Or selectively look at the properties and see what can be preserved?</span></p><p>According to a report from the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force, 78,506 building in the city are decayed or at risk of decaying.</p><p>That’s 30% of the cities structures.</p><p>It will cost $850 million to demolish the blighted homes and commercial buildings. Clearing industrial sites could cost a billion dollars more.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:18:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 18484 at http://michiganradio.org Demolish or Restore? How should Detroit handle blight? $5 million from JP Morgan will help aspiring Detroit homeowners buy, rehab homes http://michiganradio.org/post/5-million-jp-morgan-will-help-aspiring-detroit-homeowners-buy-rehab-homes <p>The JP Morgan Chase Foundation is giving $5 million to a grant fund that will help Detroiters buy and rehab homes.</p><p>It’s part of the global mega-bank’s pledge to donate $100 million to Detroit-boosting causes over the next five years.</p><p>JP Morgan has actually given the money to Liberty Bank’s non-profit community development bank. To start with, the program will apply only to some homes up for sale on Detroit’s online auction site, <a href="http://buildingdetroit.org/Home">buildingdetroit.org.</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:35:51 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18338 at http://michiganradio.org $5 million from JP Morgan will help aspiring Detroit homeowners buy, rehab homes Detroit Mayor Duggan's blight elimination effort http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-duggans-blight-elimination-effort <p></p><p>This week Michigan Radio and the <a href="http://www.detroitjournalismcooperative.com/">Detroit Journalism Cooperative</a> are looking at how the city is functioning under bankruptcy. One of the biggest problems facing Detroit is the huge number of abandoned houses, buildings, and vacant lots. Here's a look at what’s changed in the six months since <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/MayorsOffice/tabid/123/default.aspx">Mayor Mike Duggan</a> took office.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 18082 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Mayor Duggan's blight elimination effort Here are a couple ways to understand and visualize blight in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/here-are-couple-ways-understand-and-visualize-blight-detroit <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4pnv609h8r6w69a/AACkq4P75YjTBZXgHMX2SqrQa" style="line-height: 1.5;">new report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;from the Blight Removal Task Force says that there's a lot of buildings that need to be eliminated in Detroit.</span></p><p>Yesterday, Kai Ryssdal of Marketplace <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/solving-detroits-blight-one-scary-poster-time">interviewed </a>Erica Gerson.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:49:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17792 at http://michiganradio.org Here are a couple ways to understand and visualize blight in Detroit Detroit Blight Authority reboots in Oakland County http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-blight-authority-reboots-oakland-county <p>The <a href="http://www.theblightauthority.com/">Detroit Blight Authority </a>is turning its attention to Oakland County.</p><p>The non-profit group <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140430/NEWS01/304300193/Bill-Pulte-Jr-L-Brooks-Patterson-blight">has started working with the city of Pontiac</a>, which has more than 550 homes on a demolition list. Almost 400 of them can be demolished immediately.</p><p>The Blight Authority had been working with the city of Detroit, taking on several large-scale residential demolition projects.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17436 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Blight Authority reboots in Oakland County 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 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