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Task force to begin work on Detroit blight fight
DETROIT (AP) - A federally appointed task force that aims to help Detroit deal with thousands of blighted and abandoned buildings is getting started on its work.
The Detroit News reports the task force plans to meet for the first time Wednesday, when its members will likely address organizational issues and other matters.
The task force includes Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert; Detroit Public Schools Foundation president Glenda Price; and Linda Smith of U-Snap-Bac, a community development nonprofit.
The work is part of efforts announced last month by the administration of President Barack Obama to help Detroit, which this summer filed for bankruptcy protection.
Detroit has been working for years to step up efforts to demolish vacant and dangerous buildings, and the hope is that the task force will boost that effort.