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In Michigan, which accounts for nearly half of all committed federal funds for blight demolition, the average cost paid with federal dollars increased by 90 percent in less than three years.

‘The Divided City’ warns of Detroit’s inequality

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Bankole Thompson, Detroit News — Despite the revival taking place in cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Pittsburgh, they are being turned into “places of growing inequality where small, glittering enclaves of prosperity are ringed by larger areas of decline and where millions are relegated to lives of poverty and hopelessness.” That’s the message historian and author Alan Mallach conveys in his new book, “The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity…

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Sonja Bonnett and other members of the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures in front of Bonnett's new Detroit home, which the group acquired for her.

“Make it right”: Coalition wants reparations for Detroit’s “unconstitutional foreclosures”

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Sarah Cwiek, Michigan Radio — One Detroit family celebrated getting a new home Thursday, as they also called for other families like them to receive similar compensation as victims of what they call “illegal” foreclosures. The Bonnett family lost their home to property tax foreclosure in 2015. Nearly one in four Detroit properties was tax-foreclosed between 2011 and 2015. Some researchers, led by Illinois Institute of Technology and visiting…

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