Archive for April, 2014

Vacant v. Blighted: Buildings as Assets

By Emilie Evans – Michigan Historic Preservation Network

A prevalent narrative in Detroit is that all 80,000 of the city’s reported vacant and blighted structures should be taken down.  While not every building can or should be saved, it is important to remember that not everything that is vacant is blighted.

Blight is a pervasive word used in the not-too-distant past to justify the wholesale clearance of tens of thousands of properties across cities in the U.S. through Urban Renewal. Today, blighted ...

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NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR 2014-2015 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG)

The City of Detroit invites community organizations to submit proposals for projects to be funded by the 2014-2015 Community Development Block Grant/Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (CDBG/NOF) program.

All community organizations including neighborhood residents, business organizations, citizen district councils, block clubs, human service organizations, etc. who wish to participate in the development and implementation of either CDBG or NOF projects Continue Reading →

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Special Assessment District (SAD) City-Wide Coalition of Detroit

A brief outline of the SAD benefits for neighborhoods in Detroit!

Michigan Public Act 287 of 2011 § MCL 117.5i, as amended authorizes neighborhoods in Detroit to improve their individual areas by sharing the cost for enhanced crime prevention, snow removal and/or mosquito abatement services. The state law says:

“Whether or not authorized by its charter, a city with a population of more than ...

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