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City works to remove blight in neighborhood plagued with crime

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DETROIT (WJBK) - One week ago the third body in two years was found in an overgrown, neglected area in Detroit.

Police are still working to identify the black male in his 20s who was shot in the head, dumped and set on fire on Log Cabin Street near the Lodge Service Drive.

But since our story aired, the city is now taking steps to finally clean this block up.

"It's terrible. I mean, it's been two bodies found there and it's dumping ground. But, due to your broadcast, they turned on that light and turned on this light so maybe that'll deter something to these houses that'll get torn down," says Larry Miller.

He's a member of the Pilgrim Village Neighborhood Association and says he has been battling the city for years begging for something to be done.

There is a perfect storm of problems here - no working street lights, illegal dumping among the overgrown weeds and one dangerous abandoned structure after another.

But after FOX 2 contacted the city a sign warning against dumping popped up, most of the trash is gone and, until the LED project works its way over to this side of the city, some of the old street lights have been restored.

The next step, we're told by the city, is to tear down the abandoned house where the two bodies were found. But the very few neighbors who live in this one-block radius want to know what's going to happen with the dozen other houses.

FOX 2 discovered some of the dilapidated houses are actually privately owned. The one where the bodies were found was seized by the county for back taxes.

We're told by the city it's going to take 90 days to get all of the clearances in place.

But, for the others, half have been ordered to be torn down by next month and the others within the next three to four. It's thanks to the hardest hit funds, a federal program that has extended its boundaries and is now footing the bill to tear down these dangerous eyesores.

For neighbors, it's a start.
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