Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan may play a key role in Detroit’s turnaround as he plans to visit the city next week and search for properties to potentially buy.
The city of Detroit cleared the final hurdle to begin demolishing the storied, crumbling Brewster projects that loom like towering gravestones over I-75 near downtown.
Crews recently wiped out a 10-block area that included decaying buildings, thick overgrowth and discarded tires and needles.
The cost to demolish six houses, level trees, till the land and clean up discarded tires and trash: just $200,000.
Explore the mysterious project that leveled 12 blocks on the city’s east side.
In just two weeks, demolition crews flattened 10 blocks on the lower east side, leveling homes, a 19th-century church, school, and trees on the lower east side.
It’s the first real test of Mayor Dave Bing’s plan to repopulate stable neighborhoods and transform vacant areas into lakes, farms, forests and greenways.
Turns out, the billionaire’s company, Olympia Entertainment, owes Detroit nearly a million dollars in unpaid property taxes on downtown’s Cobo Arena and Joe Louis Arena dating back to 2009.
For just $200, some Detroiters can buy neighboring vacant lots and receive help sprucing up the property.