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How Motor City Came Back From the Brink…And Left Most Detroiters Behind 6.7.2015 Mother Jones
On August 30, 2013, a billionaire businessman named Dan Gilbert arrived at the White House to discuss the future of Detroit. Gilbert, founder and  chairman of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, had already invested heavily in the city; in 2010 he moved Quicken's headquarters from the suburbs to downtown and relocated several of his businesses along with 12,500 employees. Six weeks before that White House meeting, the city had filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history. Gilbert was in Washington as part of an elite delegation to discuss federal assistance for the country's most visibly dysfunctional city.      The heads of the Kresge and Ford Foundations—large philanthropies that have roots in Detroit's industrial past and continue to invest in the city—were there, as well as the CEO of the Henry Ford hospital system and the then-chair of Wayne State University's Board of Governors. According to the Detroit News, the group met with senior administration officials including ...
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Baltimore’s blight puts O’Malley on defensive in bid for presidency 30.5.2015 Washington Post
When Martin O’Malley announces his bid for the presidency Saturday in Baltimore, he is hoping that backdrop will strengthen his effort to become the leading candidate for progressives.But the backdrop also could be his albatross.Read full article ...
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Was St. Paul's $45M spent on fixing homes well spent? 27.5.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

For years, St. Paul has been in the home-buying business. But unlike the guy on the billboard who wants ugly houses, the city planned to lose money. And it did: to date it has put more than four times as much money into homes as it has gotten back.

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Tear down Baltimore’s abandoned buildings to help rebuild the city 1.5.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
BALTIMOREThis city needs to be built up again, but first a lot of it ought to be torn down.There has been much talk, following Monday’s night of rage, about the social maladies that afflict this city. One of the most visible should also be one of the most straightforward to address: Baltimore’s enormous stock of derelict, abandoned housing. Federal, state and local officials should work together — now — to eliminate this blight.Read full article ...
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Chicago isn't Detroit, but it can learn from Motor City's innovative rehab 24.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
You hear the term "blank canvas" a lot around here, and it rankles many Detroiters, as if their years of sticking with this troubled, recently bankrupted city amounted to ...
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Downtown L.A. revival continues with remake of opulent Giannini building 16.4.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Fake windows hide blight of vacant homes 7.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
County program uses vinyl windows, doors to camouflage vacant properties.
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State bill would help downtown L.A. developer with billboards 27.3.2015 LA Times: Commentary
At the request of the builder of the massive Metropolis Los Angeles development, state legislation has been introduced that would exempt signs and giant electronic billboards in that section of downtown Los Angeles from state restrictions.
Amid Detroit's resurgence, foreclosure crisis still threatens homeowners 8.3.2015 LA Times: Nation
The new owner and the former owner faced off in the hallway of the brick house, which sits on a pleasant, tree-lined street. Howard Franklin and his daughter, Catherine, wanted to move in, but the people who had lost the home in a tax foreclosure had not moved out.
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South L.A. is up for revival, but how depends on next Council member 15.2.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Sales clerk Nicole Daniels leans over the glass countertop at A-1 Wireless and ticks off what the four candidates competing to replace retiring City Councilman Bernard C. Parks should focus on.
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New Gateway project recalls early efforts to combat downtown blight 12.2.2015 MinnPost
An ambitious new project, known as the Gateway, will soon take shape on the historic Nicollet Hotel block now that local officials have selected a developer for the city-owned site. The Pohlad family’s United Property won the competition to create what city leaders hope will be an iconic development at the north end of the Nicollet Mall. The Gateway will include a 36-story hotel, apartment and office complex on the site of the Nicollet House hotel that opened in 1858. The project’s name recalls early efforts to combat urban blight that had infected the city’s first commercial district, adjacent to the downtown riverfront. By the turn of the last century, the district, centered on lower Hennepin and Washington Avenues, had become little more than a collection of shabby bars and storefronts, surrounding Minneapolis’ soon-to-be-abandoned City Hall. In 1915, the Minneapolis Park Board pioneered the use of urban renewal when it built Gateway Park, on a triangular two-block site that included the early City ...
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Boulder VRBOs: Blight or blessing? 8.2.2015 Denver Post: Business
Renting out the second story of her Pine Street home to tourists allows Vivienne Palmer to stay home with her children and still pay her hefty Boulder property ...
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Squatters slow Detroit's plan to bulldoze way to prosperity 29.1.2015 AP Top News
DETROIT (AP) -- Chris Mathews' crew showed up this month to demolish one of the thousands of vacant homes destined for demolition as part of Detroit's grand plan to bulldoze its way to prosperity when a call from his office stopped them in their tracks: Someone was living there....
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Containing Detroit’s housing blight 21.1.2015 Durango Herald
DETROIT – An unusual home taking shape inside General Motors’ sprawling Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is intended to be part of a movement to rebuild the city’s economy and deteriorating, disappearing housing stock.Skilled-trades workers, taking breaks from their tasks at the factory that produces the electric...
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Shipping container home seen as seed for renewal, not cure for all of Detroit's housing ills 4.1.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Room for Debate: Have Human Rights Treaties Failed? 29.12.2014 NY Times: Editorials
Do international human rights treaties work to protect vulnerable populations, or should they be abandoned in favor of other ...
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Michigan divides up $75 million in federal funding to fight blight in 12 Michigan cities 16.12.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Mayor: Effective service delivery to residents among Detroit's challenges after bankruptcy 11.12.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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An epidemic bugs the forest 10.12.2014 Durango Herald
There are many pests, blights and diseases forest rangers monitor, but locally, spruce bark beetle has risen to the top of the list, munching through the landscape at an alarming rate.U.S. Forest Service officials are evaluating potential strategies to combat the problem and may employ logging, reforestation and managed...
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Crowdfunding razes a home to raise up a block 26.11.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
Even in a world full of bizarre crowdfunding ideas — like the Los Angeles comic who raised $6,000 to skywrite “How do I land?” — San Franciscan Gordon Young had trouble conjuring the elevator pitch for his dream. “People are used to hearing, 'I’m trying to raise money to fund my film,’ or some other kind of creative dream,” said Young, an author and lecturer in the communications department at Santa Clara University. [...] it is regularly perched near the top of lists of America’s most violent cities and is plagued by thousands of abandoned properties. At roughly the same time he was buying “a home I had no business to buy” in the overheated real estate market in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights, he began thinking of Flint, mired in decay. The memoir is about his search to buy and restore a blighted home as a small way of helping his hometown — and as a look at the wealth disparity between the two cities. Even after several thousand such properties have been torn down over the years, Flint still has ...
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