Grass: Detroit is overgrown with negligence

Concealed hydrantAs Detroit’s budget crisis grows, so does the grass and weeds on┬átens of thousands of taxpayer-owned parcels, parks and medians.

Thigh-high grass has swallowed swaths of Detroit that now look more like prairies than neighborhoods. Dozens of parks that Mayor Bing pledged to maintain are a sea of green. Some bus stops are buried in weeds.

The grass isn’t just an eyesore.
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It attracts mosquitos, rats, mice and trash.

Detroit, which has been taken over by an emergency manager and may soon end up in bankruptcy court, no longer has the money to provide even the most basic services. The situation has gotten more dire.

We drove the streets of Detroit to capture the accumulation of grass.

Click on a photo below to begin the tour.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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