Detroit razes 10,000th vacant structure under blight plan

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Posted: Jul 19, 2016 6:05 PM

DETROIT (AP) — A two-story, wood-frame house on Detroit's northwest side became the 10,000th vacant building torn down as part of Mayor Mike Duggan's massive plan to eliminate blight.

An excavator was used to quickly tear down the house Tuesday. The demolition of 10,000 buildings is another win in a yearslong battle to improve Detroit neighborhoods.

Duggan's blight program started 2½ years ago. He said Tuesday that Detroit's demolition program is "moving much more efficiently" than others around the country.

About 10,000 houses and other buildings were demolished during previous mayor Dave Bing's administration.

Detroit has received about $258 million from the federal Hardest Hit Fund for demolitions and other blight removal efforts.

A blight task force survey in 2014 revealed more than 40,000 structures needed demolition with another 38,000 tipping toward blight.