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Demolitions in Detroit are an important topic related to housing due to the large increase in demolitions starting in 2014. Demolitions can impact a number of issues including blight, property values, community health, and more.

Demolitions and the Community

Citywide Cluster Randomized Trial to Restore Blighted Vacant Land and Its Effects on Violence, Crime and Fear

Charles C Branas, Eugenia South, michelle C. Kondo, Bernadette C. Hohl, Philippe Bourgois, Douglas J

This report examines the impact of restoring blighted vacant land on crime, violence, and perceptions of fear and safety in US cities. It found that improving vacant and blighted land increases perceptions of safety as well as actual physical safety as measured by overall crime and specific crime such as gun violence and burglary.

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