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Resource ID: #18922
Subject: Housing
Source: WXYZ-TV (Southfield, Mich.)
Date: 2001-05-01



A WXYZ investigation reveals a pattern of illegal demolition of houses in the city of Dearborn. City lawyers and building inspectors, called by some "the Wrecking Crew," have "booted dozens of people from their homes." The crew cited "nonexistent problems such as rats or filthy conditions," the team reports. All the wreckages have been done with blessing from the mayor, although in violation of state laws, city ordinances and owners' property rights. Most of the victims were poor and elderly. The story sheds light on a specific case in which a local senior citizen, Wanda Lobach, was tossed out of her home.

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