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December 31, 2015 | Chicago Tribune
When Lanice Walker moved in 2012 from public housing to a private rental in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, she thought she finally had secured a safe, cozy place for her family to live.
Not only did the Chicago Housing Authority provide a taxpayer-subsidized voucher that paid most of Walker’s rent, the agency sent an inspector to ensure the narrow frame house had adequate heat and plumbing, working smoke detectors and no […]
December 24, 2015 | Detroit Free Press
LANSING — Lead levels in Flint’s drinking water would have spurred action months sooner if the results of city testing that wrapped up in June had not been revised by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to wrongly indicate the water was safe to drink, e-mails show.
The records — obtained by the Michigan ACLU and by Marc Edwards, a Virginia Tech researcher who helped raise concerns about Flint’s […]
December 22, 2015 | Model D
Four neighborhoods meet at the intersection of Livernois Avenue and McNichols Road in northwest Detroit. The University District, a collection of some of Detroit’s finest brick homes, stands at the intersection’s northeast corner, a largely stable and generally well-to-do neighborhood, though some vacant and boarded up homes dot its tree-lined streets. On the other end of the neighborhood-stability spectrum is the Fitzgerald neighborhood, located to the southwest of Livernois/McNichols […]
December 19, 2015 | Detroit Free Press
Detroit’s ambitious demolition program, which has been razing thousands of unsightly and unsafe houses and other structures per year to fanfare and criticism, may be replacing one danger in neighborhoods with another: toxic clouds of lead dust from old paint.
The city, which already has one of the country’s worst rates of blood-lead poisoning in children, also has some of the oldest housing stock of any major U.S. city. […]
December 17, 2015 | The Guardian
The doctor who discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were at risk of irreparable brain damage from lead poisoning in the city’s water supply has warned that the problem of “toxic soup” coming out of their household taps may have affected many more than originally thought.
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December 15, 2015 | Reuters
Nowhere in America bulldozes derelict homes with Detroit’s ferocity, as the city that has become a byword for U.S. urban decay seeks to engineer a recovery by tearing itself down.
A year after the city exited the biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy, a plan to demolish half of its nearly 80,000 blighted or deteriorating structures — nearly one in three city buildings — is showing some signs of success.
November 23, 2015 | Detroit Free Press
The AFL-CIO will invest up to $30 million to rehab as many as 300 vacant homes in Detroit in a partnership announced today that also aims to provide job training and career paths to Detroiters.
The AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust said its Detroit Neighborhood Home Repair Program will aim to stabilize neighborhoods over three to five years, using union labor to fix up homes. The arrangement is […]
November 23, 2015 | Scientific American
Lead exposure in early childhood is associated with increased risk for sleep problems and excessive daytime sleepiness in later childhood, according to research from the University of Pennsylvania, US.
The findings, which will be published in the December but are already available online, are based on data from a longitudinal study of more than 1400 Chinese children that began in 2004 to examine the influence of lead exposure […]