DETROIT — A team created to help deal with thousands of blighted properties in Detroit is starting work on a database of deteriorating or abandoned structures.
The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1bhq69v ) the survey effort, coordinated by Data Driven Detroit, is expected this week to begin training teams that in December will begin assessments.
Erica Raleigh, acting director of Data Driven Detroit, says the effort aims to collect information that will be valuable to city officials, planners and others.
Work of the Blight Task Force is part of efforts announced by the administration of President Barack Obama to help Detroit, which this summer filed for bankruptcy protection.
The city has been working for years to demolish vacant and dangerous buildings, and the hope is that the task force will boost that effort.
Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/