A look at Detroit's improvements since exit from bankruptcy

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Posted: Dec 09, 2015 7:26 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Here are some of the improvements since Detroit exited bankruptcy in December 2014:

— 7,100 of an estimated 40,000 vacant houses demolished since May 2014.

— Land Bank has closed on 560 of 21,000 houses it owns. Of the 1,100 that have been put up for auction, bids have been received on 843 houses.

— Agreements reached with owners of 500 vacant homes to rehab the properties or face legal action by the city.

— Response times on 911 priority calls down to about nine minutes from reported 50 minutes for all 911 calls.

— 10 new fire rigs and 15 ambulances added to Fire/EMS fleet; six rescue squad vehicles ordered.

— 80 new public city buses added, allowed the city to meet posted schedules for the first time in about 20 years.

— Public Lighting Authority installed 58,000 LED streetlights with another 7,000 coming by the end of next year.

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Sources: City of Detroit, Detroit Land Bank and Detroit Public Lighting Authority.