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.
Progress in Detroit and Baltimore
An explanation of key terms, such as wet-wet demolition and deconstruction.
The importance of community outreach during deconstruction.
What Detroit learned from Baltimore’s deconstruction efforts.
How cities can leverage responsible demolition to support workforce development.
Four years after the end of the Great Recession, the Detroit Land Bank Authority owned nearly one-quarter of the 388,000 land parcels throughout the city — and approximately 30,000 of them included vacant buildings.
In Detroit, a working group generated recommendations, which were later adopted, that focused on three key areas: 1) wet-wet demolition; 2) community outreach; and 3) enforcement.
Detroit has demolished more than 14,100 properties since the start of the expanded demolition efforts in spring 2014.