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Busting blight in Brightmoor

July 02 2013 | no comments

A major cleanup effort is underway in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood on the city’s west side.

Workers are currently clearing hundreds of lots…and next, dozens of homes will be torn down.

It’s the latest project by Bill Pulte’s Detroit Blight Authority.

Heavy machinery is on the move in the Brightmoor neighborhood.

Work crews are cutting down trees and clearing overgrown lots. They’re also removing rubbish left behind by illegal dumping.—dozens and dozens of tires and piles of trash that continue to grow.

“You can now see through the beautiful landscape that Brightmoor has. It’s like the Irish Hills of Detroit but it’s been hidden under this debris,” said Rev. Larry L. Simmons, president of the Brightmoor Pastors Alliance.

The Detroit Blight Authority is coordinating the clean-up effort—but it’s a community undertaking.

“You really feel the hope of what we’re doing here and how, executed with the right equipment, can be done very quickly—and that’s what people deserve, I mean, this is what Detroit is, Detroit is the residents in the neighborhoods,” Brian Farkas, executive director of the Detroit Blight Authority told Detroit 2020.

“We hope this will be the beginning of a larger effort to remove blight from Brighmoor altogether,” Kirk Mayes, executive director of the Brightmoor Alliance said.

The clean-up is targeting a 14-block area. They’ve been at it for a couple of weeks now. Some 20 local residents have been put to work by the contractors to help start a much needed transformation for this neighborhood.

“Doing this, to be able to participate, it just make me feel good that I’m doing something for the community,” said Brightmoor resident Terrance Gore.

“This helps us do what God has called us to do, and that is to help transform people’s lives. So we can go to people and say ‘listen, we’ve gotten some help from the Pulte’s and the Blight Authority, and the (Brightmoor) Alliance. Now it’s time for us to do our part. They cut it, let’s keep it,” Rev. Simmons said.


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