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Geronimo Patton

After a String of Fires, Detroit's Heidelberg Project Vows to Rise From the Ashes

"We can't just let the destruction of a building stop the efforts that we have been making."

Joseph Murphy/Bassett & Bassett

A 140-Acre Forest Is About to Materialize in the Middle of Detroit

The city's emergency manager has approved a deal to turn scores of blighted properties into a lush green space with maple and oak trees.

Associated Press

White House Offers Up $300 Million to Fix Detroit's Blight

It'll be used to tear down abandoned houses and build smaller, affordable housing.

How the Highway Killed Washington's Waterfront

And how the city plans to bring it back to life.

Melanie Ko/Flickr

Relationship Killer of the Day: Neutralizing Germany's 'Love' Padlocks

A group of urban hackers spent a day in Bamberg destroying people's public expressions of everlasting love.

phila.gov

The Best Open Data Releases of 2012

Our annual look at the extensive information now available from city governments, and the tools people are building with it.

Beijing Tries to 'Rectify' Jaywalkers: This Week in Bans

Also, Albuquerque is left vulnerable after outlawing barbed wire and a British ice cream-truck driver who rocked too hard is shut down.

Philly Painting

Can a Paint Job Change a Neighborhood's Future?

Philly Painting mobilizes the community to bring a new look to a blighted neighborhood.

Reuters

Tracking Blight in America's Hardest-Hit Cities

Where property abandonment is growing and declining.

Gregory White/Wiki

Weirdest Idea to Save Detroit Yet: Zombies

"People just want to live for a day in a zombie apocalypse," explains Mark Siwak, the braaaaains behind Z World Detroit.

Landscape Absurdism: An Urban Prairie in St. Louis

What happens to a neighborhood when demolition becomes the official urban policy

Reuters

Baby Steps for Baltimore's Vacant Housing Plan

Program tries to streamline purchase of thousands of vacant properties

John Gress / Reuters

Who's Buying Foreclosed Homes and Why It's a Problem

Program aimed at stabilizing neighborhoods adds to problem of vacant homes