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Award-winning M.U.P. student project cited in Detroit News

From Revenue to Reuse: Managing Tax-Reverted Properties in Detroit, was recently referenced in a Detroit News article for the statistical work relating to taxes and fees on foreclosed properties in Wayne County.

A group of nine students from Taubman College's Master of Urban Planning program gain national attention back in April when their innovative project on managing tax-reverted properties in Detroit won an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Student Project Award for Applied Research during the American Planning Association's National Conference in Chicago April 13-17, 2013.

The students involved in the project were; Rob Linn, Oana Druta, John Drain, Pramoth Kitjakarnlertudom, Daniel Stern, Kate Coenen, Te-Ping Kang, Jordan Twardy, and Greg Holman completed the 142-page winning project under the guidance of Taubman College faculty advisors Margaret Dewar and Eric Dueweke.

From Revenue to Reuse: Managing Tax-Reverted Properties in Detroit suggests a framework for effectively using existing resources, forming strategic partnerships, and lobbying for legal changes which would assist the Treasurer's Office and improve the disposition process in ways that increase revenues, decrease costs, and increase positive reuse of property. The team worked with the Wayne County Treasurer to analyze auctions of Detroit tax-reverted properties with the goal of helping the Treasurer's Office reduce its revenue shortfall over time and help stabilize neighborhoods.

Read the article on the Detroit News or learn more about the project by visiting the student work section of the Taubman College website.

Sep 26, 2013

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