Abandoned houses! Blighted neighborhoods! It all sounds so sexy thanks to a revitalization initiative put in place by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, who's incentivizing prospective buyers with $150K in renovation money, should they choose to scoop one of these properties off the market. As part of Bing's program, police officers willing to move to Detroit only have to put $1K down, and college grads get $2,500 in rental money and a $20K forgivable loan if they do indeed buy something (that may or may not be an upgrade from the frat house). While they're not all eligible for these incentives, 100 abandoned Detroit houses have been captured on film by terrific photographer Kevin Bauman. Turns out you don't need Eminem to make Motor City look beautiful. Have a look above.
· Detroit Will PAY You to Take One of These 100 Abandoned Homes [Business Insider via Boing Boing]
· 100 Abandoned Houses [official site]
· Chrysler's Eminem Commercial Immortalizes the City of Detroit [Curbed National]