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Real Estate

What Detroit Needs Now: More Squatters

As vacant homes drag neighborhoods down, squatters help hold them up, says a scholar who spent five years on the scene.

A century-old farmhouse sat vacant in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit. The neighbors feared it would be picked apart by the scrap merchants who strip derelict houses of copper pipes, aluminum siding, and other valuable materials.

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