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Blight task force estimates that 22% of Detroit properties are dilapidated; price tag for cleaning the city up could run $2 billion over 5 years.

"The most comprehensive effort yet to catalog Detroit’s empty, dangerous properties and trashy lots has found that 84,641 properties are blighted or vacant and it will cost $850 million to eliminate them. It could take five years and $2 billion to get rid of them all — including blighted commercial properties, according to results released Tuesday of the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force, an effort of private and public sector leaders that was convened last fall by the Obama administration." -- Louis Aguilar, Christine Ferretti and Christine MacDonald, the Detroit News

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