Published: 2012

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Filling in the Gaps: A Plan for Vacant Properties in Osborn


Osborn, a four-square mile area of northeast Detroit, has experienced a large number of mortgage foreclosures throughout the area as well as disinvestment and abandonment in the southeast section of the area. Residents want to deal with the vacant houses and lots to improve safety, improve the environment for children, retain residents, and reinforce identity. Because no one can resolve all issues everywhere right away, efforts should target small areas for immediate action, focus different actions in different types of areas, build on existing assets, and rely on residents and community organizations to implement.


Batsakis, Cataline, Chen, Freimuth, Hollier, Missier, Patro, Weitz, Zaroff


Dewar, Dueweke


  • Community Partner: Detroit Vacant Property Campaign, MAN Network, Nortown CDC/We Care, DCI/Northeast Village CDC, Skillman Good Neighborhoods Initiative
  • Location: Detroit
  • Pages: 132
  • Year: 2009
  • Topic: Housing + Community Development, Environment + Land Use

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