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Detroit and four other Michigan cities to receive additional federal dollars for strategic demolition

Written by on June 12, 2013

In an exciting development, the U.S. Treasury Department announced last week that Michigan may use up to $100 Million—or 20%—of its Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) allocation for strategic demolition of vacant properties. Part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the HHF was created in 2010 to stabilize housing markets and neighborhoods by assisting families…


Opportunities for Detroit’s new emergency manager to address vacant land by Michael Brady, Vice President of Policy, Community Progress

Written by on April 3, 2013

Kevyn Orr officially assumed the role of Detroit’s emergency manager last week and with it the monumental task of restructuring one of America’s great cities. Much has been written about Detroit’s financial problems of late, and they are truly staggering. At the same time, the city suffers from numerous related problems concerning public safety, basic…