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Detroit Eyes Low-Income Housing Goal

Any new residential development in Detroit, MI that receives city assistance should commit 20% to 40% of the units to low-income renters.

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Ann Arbor to Switch Public Housing to Development

The Ann Arbor (MI) Housing Commission moves its plan for a major redevelopment of the North Maple Estates public housing site.

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Detroit Land Bank Auctioning Houses

The bidding is starting as low as $1,000 per house.

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Suburban Detroit Development Planned

Developers target a ground-breaking in Royal Oak, MI this summer on a nearly $60-million apartment, hotel, office, and retail development on the site of an abandoned auto dealership.

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Detroit Cleared for Bankruptcy Protection

A federal judge has ruled that Detroit meets the legal criteria to win bankruptcy protection from its creditors, making it the largest U.S. city in history to declare bankruptcy, according to reports. A U.S. Bankruptcy judge released a 140-page ruling on the decision this week. Detroit filed for...

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Nearly $2 Million Slated for Workforce Training Programs

The Michigan Workforce Development Agency will provide nearly $2 million in grants through the Skilled Trades Training Fund to 16 Michigan Works! agencies across the state.

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$20 Million Blight Removal Program Underway in Michigan

The largest residential blight removal project in the history of Flint, MI is now underway. The initiative aims to reduce foreclosures and revitalize neighborhoods.

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Detroit Mayoral Hopeful Proposes Eminent Domain for Mortgages

Current Wayne County Sheriff and Detroit mayoral hopeful Benny Napoleon (D) releases a proposal for a multibillion-dollar neighborhood revitalization and economic development plan this week that addresses the city's significant blight challenges. It also proposes establishing public-private partnerships for reinvestment in area attractions.

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Event to Focus on Benefits of Urban Agriculture

The Law Review of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is seeking proposals for its 2014 symposium, "Going to Seed: Urban Agriculture in Distressed Cities." Local leaders, national scholars and others will gather to discuss the role that urban agriculture plays in the economic recovery of distressed cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, and Philadelphia.

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NACEDA Summit to Focus on What’s Working in Detroit

Community development professionals from around the country gathered in Detroit on Wednesday (Oct. 2), beginning a three-day summit examining what's working to transform distressed communities into places of opportunity.

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