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Detroit's Housing Disaster Is Its Leaders' Fault

DETROIT ? On Sept. 7, officials in Wayne County, Michigan, began selling off roughly 14,000 homes in what has become the nation’s largest foreclosure auction. But the foreclosures in Wayne County, which includes Detroit, aren’t because homeowners owe money to banks. People here are losing their homes because of unpaid property taxes ? taxes that, in many cases, are based on outrageously high assessments that have not been updated for more than two decades.
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