1. A Year Into Bankruptcy: Hope and Frustration in Detroit Neighborhoods

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    Originally published: July 13, 2014 A year ago, they had hope: Maybe Detroit’s bankruptcy and its promise of additional money for demolition of blighted homes across the city might finally mean the eyesore next door would be torn down. But today, that dilapidated house is still there, as are four sisters who grew up in an adjacent home on the 2100 block of Hibbard on Detroit’s east side. They shared their story with the Free Press last summer as Detroit’s finances were plunging the city into bankruptcy. “They keep saying it’s on the list to be torn down,” said Eva Hurt, who lives in the home along with her sister Janice Hurt-Clarke; their sisters Vera Hurt and Hattie Sanders also spend a lot of time at the home. Eva Hurt said she hears reports that some city services are improving, but you couldn’t tell it from her neighborhood. She said she’s not sure she wants to stay, figuring she has done all she can do. “There’s not many people still around,” she said. “There’s a lot of vacant lots. We can’t get the grass cut. The streetlights are on when they want to.” Their home and the abandoned house next door are the only two left on the block, and the sisters say it’s as if the neighborhood is reverting to country. Lots nearby would go wild without the Hurt family paying to have them cut. They see rabbits and pheasants roaming the neighborhood. Within the last couple of years three vacant homes in the neighborhood burned to the ground, apparently targets of arsonists. They worried that the decrepit house next door might be next, despite years of letters and phone calls to city hall, pleading for help. But it still stands, a symbol of a city they said has failed its residents. A year into Detroit’s bankruptcy, even modest signs of progress — more buses operating, improving police response times, 10,000 new streetlights, privatized trash collection that many residents say is more reliable — are in many cases overshadowed by the sheer depth of the city’s day-to-day problems for residents like the Hurt sisters. See the full story and more coverage at: http://archive.freep.com/article/20140713/NEWS01/307130102/detroit-bankruptcy-neighborhoods-residents

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