There's a lot of effort going into blight removal. Duggan has appointed "district managers" to oversee their neck of the woods in terms of cataloging, identifying the owners, tearing down/selling abandoned buildings, and while that's a huge undertaking, the city has already made great strides in achieving their goals. Dan Gilbert is also heavily involved with this project, and has agreed to buy up a lot of these abandoned buildings and tear them down/renovate them. Many others that are salvageable have been put up for auction online, and folks have been buying up these houses, fixing them up, and moving in. So yeah, Detroit has it's problems. Everyone in the world is hip to that, and it's unfortunately become our label. What everyone doesn't know is how much things are actually going right, and how much effort is going into building the city back up, and how much progress has already been made. The blight removal is one such example. The arena and entertainment district will be another, and will be a capstone on years of investment put into both downtown and midtown.
There are nice areas downtown no doubt. the problem is that there is almost the same amount of bad parts as well. Detroit is one of the largest cities in the country in terms of square miles, yet they are one of the only few cities to have a shrinking population. The city was built for a population of 2 million, not 600K. As a result you have a ton of areas that look like post apocalyptic war zone. They need to demolish these abandon neighborhoods and consolidate the city (easier said then done i know). but the city as is too big for the population that it has right now
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