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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

The Net Benefit of Tearing Down Dilapidated Housing: The Case of Detroit

Dusan Paredes and Mark Skidmore (2019)

his research paper analyzes the costs and benefits of Detroit’s investment in demolishing residential housing. The paper estimates a positive impact on nearby property value but note a declining return on investment in demolitions over the last 50 years due to the significant decline in property value.

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