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.

January 2, 2019

In this Responsible Demolition Brief, You'll Learn

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    An explanation of key terms, such as wet-wet demolition and deconstruction.

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    The importance of community outreach during deconstruction.

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    What Detroit learned from Baltimore’s deconstruction efforts.

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    How cities can leverage responsible demolition to support workforce development.

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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