- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - The mayor of Saginaw didn’t need directions to the next house on the city’s demolition list: He lived there for nearly 20 years.

Wearing a hard hat, Dennis Browning climbed aboard an excavator Friday and took a few bites out of his old home on North Bond Street. His family lived there until the late 1980s, when they moved to another house a mile away.

Browning’s wife, Susan, and two of their three children watched. They held up a phone so a son could watch in Dallas.

“When that bucket came down the first time and I’m actually destroying the house - yeah, you know, it’s sad,” said the mayor, a former police officer. “But it’s something we have to do.”

Saginaw hopes to demolish hundreds of homes with $11 million from the federal government, The Saginaw News reported (https://bit.ly/1QlaWCY ).

Susan Browning said removing blight is critical, even if the demolition has a personal connection.

“It’s sad that this was a bustling neighborhood at one time. But we have to move on,” she said.


Information from: The Saginaw News, https://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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