In the past 48 hours, fires burned 19 houses, six commercial buildings and two apartments.
“Clearly, this should not have happened and DWSD is now in the process of reviewing this list to ensure such an error does not happen in the future,” DWSD spokesman Greg Eno said.
A crippling wave of tax foreclosures is about to bore down on Detroit.
Michele Oberholtzer was surveying tax-foreclosed properties in Detroit when she was shocked by the number of homes still occupied by families with children.
One of every five Detroit properties in Detroit are in the process of foreclosure under an unprecedented effort by Wayne County to take possession of every property that is three or more years behind in taxes.
The fires posed a significant challenge to a city dangerously short on firefighters and equipment.
Detroit firefighters battled more than 80 fires – most suspicious – in houses, businesses, garages, apartment buildings, a school and a church.
A task force charged with tackling blight released a sobering, unprecedented report today detailing the scope of decay in Detroit.
If you count the drug house and squatters, W. Robinwood has eight occupied houses, and the remaining 82 lots are either empty or have abandoned, dilapidated houses.
Detroiters have long complained that property taxes are outrageously because they’re based on assessments that far exceed the value of the property.