In a city famous for its abandoned everything, frenzied blight-clearance efforts rarely consider the possibility that blighted structures could still have some value. That trend could begin to change. Next month, the Duggan administration plans to launch a pilot program in SW Detroit and North Corktown aimed at deconstruction, not demolition. Valuable building materials—floors, fixtures and moldings—would be salvaged and later sold. The pilot program will target 10 houses to determine how much usable material is hiding inside the eyesores that dot Detroit.
· Detroit blight fight turns to salvaging [Detroit News]