02 May '11, 4pm

Detroit Mayor celebrates demolition of 3,000th building

Who's ready to party like it's 12/12/2012? Detroit Mayor David Bing, that's who! In an announcement made via Twitter, his office proudly declared that the city had demolished its 3,000th building of 2010. That's 10 times the rate at which the city demolished buildings in 2009. Bing's stated goal is the erasure of 10,000 blighted, abandoned homes by December 2013 . While shrinking the city of Detroit to a more manageable size is an admirable goal, not everyone was celebrating the announcement. Namely this woman , who bought a house across the street from her condo in Detroit and had planned to rehabilitate it, only to see it mistakenly bulldozed by the city.

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