Author: Sarah Morgan

Detroit getting $50 million to fight blight

The following is an excerpt: Detroit — Michigan is splitting $75 million in federal funding between 12 cities, including nearly $50 million for Detroit, in its latest battle to reduce blight in the state, the governor's office announced Tuesday. The federal aid has been a key part...

Fighting tall grass on vacant lots in Flint

The following is an excerpt: The Genesee Land Bank owns a lot of property in Flint and the rest of the county. Many of those are houses and other buildings that are vacant, and they have yards. The grass and weeds keep growing, and mowing is...

Land Bank, DEQ Clean Up Blighted Sites

The following is an excerpt: It takes time for a property to decline into blight. Once it reaches that state it rarely emerges quickly. And that’s especially true if the restoration involves cleaning up toxic chemicals. But with money and a plan, it can happen, as shown by...