Real Estate

Downsizing City Could Raise Detroit From Ruins

By February 26, 2010 No Comments

Almost 40 years ago, former Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh considered the business flight from the city
and deadpanned that he planned trips to “Detroit’s sister cities — Nagasaki and Pompeii.”

A turn of the century later, another Detroit mayor is trying to rebuild from ruins, and he’s willing to take extreme action to change the landscape.

Dave Bing says he has data indicating up to 80,000 of the 350,000 buildings in Detroit are vacant or
ramshackle. He wants to rid the city of those structures and transplant any residents who live in those neighborhoods considered beyond repair.

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