Muskegon Heights "blight buster" celebrates demolitions

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The demolition on one block in Muskegon Heights has a resident there singing in the street.

More than half of the houses on Jacquelin Lewis's block are condemned.

Lewis calls herself the blight buster and says she was delighted this week to hear the sound of heavy machinery bringing change to her neighborhood.

"'Bang, boom, click!' [I] got up and looked out my window, and the blight is being busted."

Demolition crews hired by the city of Muskegon Heights began knocking down nine homes, enough to make the woman who calls herself the neighborhood "blight-buster" sing.

Community Development Block grant funding, and general funds from the city, are paying to remove the blight Lewis has lived next to for years.

Lewis says she believes empty lots are better than blight, and after all the rubble is trucked, away she plans to do her part to keep the lots clean and safe so her children and others can play.

She's even planning a street carnival to celebrate the improvements.


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