Tackling the issue of blight in urban communities is incredibly challenging.
Recently, the city of Flint, with the help of the Genesee County Land Bank, has torn down 600 properties in its effort to demolish more than 1,500 blighted homes in the city.
It’s part of the Michigan Blight Elimination plan, with support from the Hardest Hit federal grant fund.
Doug Weiland, executive director of Genesee County Land Bank, joined us on Stateside to talk about the plan’s priority and progress.
Meanwhile, some people are taking a very personal approach to dealing with blight in Flint.
There’s a crowdfunding campaign going on right now that hopes to raise $10,000 to tear down a single crumbling home on Parkbelt Drive.