02/01/2013 09:22 am ET

Demolitions On Detroit's East Side A Mystery, But Welcome

A six-block swath of Detroit's most desolate urban prairie is being methodically cleared this week — without celebration or comment from officials.

Although the half-dozen bulldozers and excavators busily hauling away brush, moving hillocks of tires and demolishing the charred husks of century-old houses may be a welcome sight to the area's few remaining residents, their origins are a mystery.

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