Detroit Announces Online Auction in Blight Fight

In this July 17, 2013, aerial photo is the city of Detroit. On Thursday, July 18, 2013, Detroit became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy when State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge for municipal bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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DETROIT (AP) -- Officials have launched a new auction website to help sell Detroit-owned houses as part of an effort to fight blight.

The city says Monday that one home will be auctioned each day on the land bank site beginning May 5.

Of the 15 homes currently listed for sale on the website, the first dozen are located in Detroit's East English Village neighborhood.

Detroit has been struggling for years with vacant and dangerous buildings, often demolishing them. This new plan is designed to get empty houses into the hands of people who will quickly fix them up.

Mayor Mike Duggan said last week that Detroit will post legal notices on empty houses and take court action if needed against owners of blighted properties in one northwest side neighborhood.


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