Detroit suburb defends blight enforcement

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Posted: Mar 04, 2011 6:45 PM
Detroit suburb defends blight enforcement

Officials in the Detroit suburb of Southfield say blight enforcement, strict ordinances and fines are in place to maintain a high quality of life for residents.

Mayor Brenda Lawrence said at a Friday press briefing that the city has certain standards residents must abide by.

The briefing was a response to an Associated Press report on how foreclosures and lower rents brought on by the housing market collapse put mortgages and rents in Southfield within reach of people with low incomes.

Long-time residents complain many of the newcomers from Detroit bring unacceptable behavior like poor property maintenance and a disregard for their neighbors. Some newly transplanted Detroiters say the ordinances can be too strict.

Lawrence says the rules are in place to maintain the city's neighborhoods and fight off blight.