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Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

One of the big issues in Detroit is blight. People walking away from their properties or foreclosures are the base of the problem. After that, it’s people stealing things out of the empty house.

Some neighborhoods have been devastated by abandoned homes and the scrappers who strip them. The MorningSide neighborhood on Detroit’s east side hasn’t hit the level of devastation, but it’s been hit pretty hard.

A Detroit resident uses the Improve Detroit mobile app.
Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

Have you ever noticed something like a fallen tree or a downed power line in the city and not known which city department to call to come take care of it?

 

Well luckily, there’s an app for that if you live in Detroit. 

 

The Improve Detroit app has been used to help residents report issues like potholes, fallen trees and broken street lights.

 

Today the city focused on addressing some of the illegal dumping sites throughout neighborhoods on Detroit’s west side. 

 

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Illegal dumping is a massive problem in Detroit. Just drive around for several minutes and you’re likely to see household and industrial trash illegally dumped on street corners and along service roads.

A group in the northwest Detroit neighborhood of Brightmoor hopes to curtail illegal dumping by publicly shaming companies and individuals caught dumping.