Responsible Demolition

Progress in Detroit and Baltimore

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 3, 2019


This brief — focused on redevelopment efforts in Detroit — tells how the city looked to Baltimore to develop responsible demolition protocols and deconstruction practices that both protected the environment and spurred job growth.

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Key Takeaway

From urban blight to a community benefit

By properly handling demolition, removing the materials from the site and refilling vacant lots with soil from a good source, previously vacant parcels can become an asset for neighbors or real estate developers, who can purchase the lots without having to take on the risk and cost of abating a potentially polluted site.

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