Mar 092010
Detroit blight

Carlos Osorio / AP

I’ve been reading alot about this recent push to clear miles of decaying residential property in the city of Detroit.  I wonder how something like this goes down?  How do you forcefully relocate so many families across such a large area?  Does the city give them new houses?  Do they have to accept, or can they demand cash value and leave altogether? What would that cash value be? The value of their current home (surrounded by blight with a value next to zero), or the value of the home the city is offering?

Something like this, as necessary as it appears to be, has the potential for social disaster written all over it. If you run across my little chunk of internet, and would like to voice your opinion, please do so. I’m very curious to hear the opinions of people who might have to deal with the consequences of the decision.


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