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Article and Photo From – A bank-owned house on the city’s east side was the first to fall Thursday as a state-funded plan to demolish hundreds of decrepit houses in Detroit kicked off near J. E. Clark Preparatory Academy.

The $10 million plan, which will start with 250 structures in MorningSide, before moving to Bagley, southwest Detroit and eventually three other neighborhoods, is a result of a program by Mayor Dave Bing to create safe walking routes to schools. The funds were allocated by the state Legislature in mid-July from a $97 million payout Michigan received as part of a massive, multi-state settlement in a mortgage fraud lawsuit. Gov. Snyder signed off on the allocation on Wednesday.

The program is part of what Gov. Snyder called his commitment to the city’s revitalization.

“The reinvention of Detroit is not waiting to happen,” he said, referring to news of low vacancy rates in Midtown. “It is happening. But the reinvention of Detroit cannot be complete without including the neighborhoods.”

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