21 Aug, 2012, 06:50 ET
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WXYZ-TV will present a Detroit 2020 live special, "Busting Blight," on Monday, August 27th from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Hosted by 7 Action News anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford, the special will feature a live demolition of a vacant home on the city's west side. The home will be knocked down by the city of Detroit. Detroit 2020 also traces the history of the home and examines how it became another symbol of blight in the city.
"Busting Blight" will also expose the people and companies responsible for the most blight in the city of Detroit.
Viewers will be asked to weigh in and discuss the blight problem. Their Facebook and Twitter comments will be shown live throughout the broadcast. WXYZ-TV will also stream this special live on web and mobile devices.
"Detroit 2020 is putting the spotlight on blight, and showing how removing even one blighted home can make a big difference on a block," said Ed Fernandez, WXYZ-TV Vice President and General Manager. "This effort is part of our mission to inspire positive change in our community through Detroit 2020."
Detroit 2020 is WXYZ's decade-long, multi-platform, community service initiative designed to make Detroit a better place to work, live and raise families by the year 2020. Detroit 2020 is committed to bringing positive changes to Detroit. Since its launch in 2011, Detroit 2020 has presented more than 200 stories and special programs on topics including education, race and transportation.
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