Detroit Schools, City Officials Team Up to Redevelop Empty Schools

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Friday, May 25, 2012

They range from a two-story English Tudor-style building with a swimming pool, fireplace and two glass conservatories to a sprawling, graffiti-laden structure ravaged by thieves.

But almost all of the 84 properties for sale by Detroit Public Schools once stood as thriving school buildings, bustling with children and long established landmarks in Detroit's storied neighborhoods.

Today they sit vacant, victims of plummeting enrollment due to Detroit's population slide and the rise of charter schools. More than 100,000 children have left the hallways of DPS schools in the last decade.

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