Detroit - allisonfarrand
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The city of Detroit's issues with unemployment, crime, and loss of population have dominated headlines for years. As the city's bankrupt auto industries laid off their employees and people moved away to find work, blight took over many neighborhoods and began to pose a threat to those who chose to stay. Blighted homes - those marked by arson and left vacant to house criminal activity - are a danger to communities across the city. In July of 2014 the Blight Task Removal Force estimated that 40,077 structures and 6,135 vacant lots required immediate attention in the form of either demolition or lot clean up: