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An estimated 1,500 businesses in Detroit operate illegally, costing the city $1.5 million per year in uncollected revenue from permits and licenses. Officials in this video padlock a used tire shop because "Selling used tires is their only business, which is not allowed. Old tires are the biggest contributor to blight across the city..." They might be right. The Packard Plant, Detroit's most notorious bit of blight, is said to be home to tens of thousands of illegally dumped tires. [Detroit 2020]