Detroit Fighting the Blight

By: Associate Press
By: Associate Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Survey teams creating a database of deteriorating or abandoned structures in Detroit are set to begin their on-the-ground work.

About 75 three-person teams are to begin photographing and documenting properties Monday around the city as part of the Blight Task Force's work. The task force is part of efforts announced by the administration of President Barack Obama to help Detroit.

Linda Smith of U-Snap-Bac, a community development nonprofit, is on the task force. She told the Detroit Free Press it could cost as much as $1 billion to remediate blight. Survey results are due in February with a final report expected to follow in March.

The city has been working for years to demolish vacant and dangerous buildings, and the hope is that the task force will boost that effort.

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