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A Closer Look at Detroit's Blighted Properties

The New York Times has produced a pair of visualization tools to present the findings of the recent report by Detroit's Blight Removal Task Force.

The first of the New York Times infographics is a color-coded map that distinguishes between three types of blight: recommended for demolition, need further review, and vacant lots.

In total, the Blight Removal Task Force surveyed more 377,602 parcels in the city, finding 22 percent of those properties, or 84,641 parcels, to be blighted. The task force recommends "immediate removal" for nearly half of the blighted properties.

The New York Times also provides Google Street View access to one blighted corridor off of Gratiot Avenue north of Chandler Park. 

New York Times coverage of the Blight Removal Task Force's report, released earlier this week, also includes an article by Monica Davey, which details more of the scope and cost of Detroit's blight removal plans.

Full Story: Defining Blight in Detroit

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