(DETROIT) -- A $10 million dollar state-funded plan to demolish hundreds of dilapidated houses in Detroit began Thursday on the city's east side, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The plan, which will begin with 250 houses in MorningSide, is part of a program to create safe walking routes to schools. The funds were distributed by Michigan in July as part of a $97-million payout the state received from a settlement in a mortgage fraud lawsuit, the paper says.
Detroit Mayor David Bing said that 1,500 structures in Detroit will be torn down by the end of September, and the city will help tear down 10,000 decrepit structures by the end of his first term. There are an estimated 40,000 unsafe homes and buildings in the city, with a cost of roughly $8,000 to tear them down, according to the Free Press.
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