An Important Friday, 3,000th Home to Fall

By Jeffrey Buck

This morning brought good news, as it was announced that Mayor Dave Bing will be on hand at 3 p.m. today to watch the 3,oo0th home during his term meet the wrecking ball. In a city plagued by abandoned property, it’s truly good news to know that the current administration is actively getting rid of eyesores and dangerous structures. The focus of getting rid of these buildings around schools and parks will only help the revitalization efforts of neighborhoods in the coming years.

I tend to be in favor of preserving buildings, but when it comes to abandoned homes in areas where children and families are living it’s a no brainer that these structures need to go. Now it’s time to see what Bing does next to move the city forward in attracting people to areas where it will make sense for the city to offer all services.

Here is a Google street view of what seems to be 11819 Grayton:

According to the Detroit News, the entire list of all 2,999 homes that have been demolished thus far can be found at

Bing set a goal of 10,000 homes to meet the wrecking ball by the end of his first term which is December of 2013. I hope that he reaches and even surpasses that goal.


About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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