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Detroiters, Merchants Sue Owners Of Blighted Properties

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A vacant home is shown in Detroit, Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Detroit’s mayor unveiled a plan that could determine what the city looks like as it fights for vitality, announcing that neighborhoods will receive different kinds of services depending on the condition of homes, how many people live there and the level of blight. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) | AP

By Christine MacDonald

Residents and business owners fed up with dilapidated buildings and the city's inaction have started to sue absentee property owners to get results.

Two nonprofits in the city recently launched projects helping community members file lawsuits against neighbors who have nuisance properties, hoping a judge will order improvements and impose fines if they aren't done.

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