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Demo Dollars at Work

Mayor Bing set out to demolish 10,000 buildings at the beginning of his Mayorship. So far the count is 4,200. But only 17% were near schools and some think that is the next area to target. Gov. Rick Snyder is working to finalize a plan that could use some of Michigan's $97-million payout from a settlement fund to help demolish abandoned houses that surround schools in six of Detroit's declining communities. [Freep]