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#Backchannel Bustup Helps Make A Neighborhood Safer

August 13 2012 | no comments

A Detroit neighborhood is a little safer today, thanks to a team of volunteers.

Detroit 2020 and 7 Action News teamed up with the Motor City Blight Busters for the second annual #Backchannel Bustup.

Our viewers–and social media friends–made a difference because when the morning started on Saturday there was an abandoned home in a neighborhood–a haven for illegal and unsavory activity right next door to a home full of children.

When we left at the end of the day, it was gone.


We put out the call, and you responded.

Participants from all over the Detroit area…more than 100 strong…all…on a mission…to bring down an eyesore home on Santa Clara Street on Detroit’s west side.

One of those volunteers was Chris Meller from Fraser.  Last year, he joined us on a Detroit 2020 bus tour.  What he saw that day changed his mind about the city. And that bus tour inspired him to act..

“I want to give back to the community,” Meller said.

Our social media friends, the #Backchannel, along with volunteers from Motor City Connect and 313Dlove and others teamed up on Saturday for the Bustup.

After knocking out the walls it time to bring down the house…

“I’m incredibly impressed by all of the volunteers who came from all over Detroit—I’m so grateful and thankful to them that they wanted to give up their Saturday to make our community better,” said Ed Fernandez, WXYZ-TV Vice President and General Manager.

“There’s a new energy in Detroit—there are people all over this city that are banding together and cleaning up and making it better,” said John George, the founder of Motor City Blight Busters.

George wants to tear down five more homes on the block. But with this one gone, the kids next door and in the neighborhood can feel just a little bit safer now.

We’d like to thank Absopure for supplying bottled water for all of the volunteers. And thanks to Absopure, every participant got a free t-shirt.

Click here to go to the Motor City Blight Busters website and find out how you can get involved!


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