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Detroit Hits 1-Year Goal Of 3,000 Demolitions

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DETROIT (WWJ) – The City of Detroit has reached a big number in its demolition of vacant and abandoned homes.  The wrecking crews tore town a home on Grayton street, Friday. It was number 3000 for the administration of Mayor Dave Bing.

Bing said this is just the beginning and promised the effort will make neighborhoods safer for kids.

“I don’t want to promise things that I can’t deliver. We said we were going to get three thousands homes down within this twelve-month period, and here we are. But, once again, it’s just the beginning,” the Mayor said.

“I mean, we’ve got a lot of dangerous structures around the city of Detroit. And, for the rest of this year, we will start to look at the next three thousand — we’re gonna get them down. We are gonna get them down,” Bing said.

Bing says it’s his goal to have 10,000 demolished by the time his four-year term ends in December 2013. HUD money is financing the effort.

On another topic, Bing was asked about his meeting this week with Governor Rick Synder.  Bing said it went well and he says he doesn’t think the state legislature wants to manage the city of Detroit through an Emergency Financial Manager.

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