05/06/2013 09:03 am ET

Detroit Seeks A Quicker Fix To Blight Problems

AP/Nomaan Merchant, File

Detroit — The city is considering relaxing demolition rules to expedite its uphill blight battle against nearly 30,000 dangerous buildings.

State officials and the son of a firefighter killed in a fire in a vacant home are lobbying Detroit to change ordinances to allow crews to leave most basement walls and floors during demolitions. That and other proposed changes could shave up to $2,500 off the $8,500 per home cost, allowing Mayor Dave Bing to raze more in his quest to demolish 10,000 by the end of his first term this year.