Researchers at Michigan State University will be working to help study the economic and social effects of efforts to fight blight in Michigan cities.
Federal funding has supported local efforts to deal with blighted buildings in recent years, with a goal of stabilizing neighborhoods. The MSU Land Policy Institute will work with the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Housing Corporation on the study.
Cities targeted for funding to boost blight-elimination efforts include Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Pontiac, Saginaw, Lansing, Jackson, Highland Park, Inkster, Ecorse, Muskegon Heights, River Rouge, Port Huron, Hamtramck, Ironwood and Adrian.
Researchers will look at housing vacancies, foreclosures, foreclosure assistance and crime in cities and neighborhoods. They'll also survey area residents and examine the effects of blight and cleanup efforts on property values.
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