When a house across the street from John George’s family home in northwest Detroit fell into disrepair, drug dealers moved in. Not wanting his then two-year old son to grow up across the street from a crack house and determined to stay in Detroit, George and two neighbors took action and boarded up the house. When the dealers came back and couldn’t get in, they left.

Nearly 28 years later George, his Motor City Blight Busters and more than 10,000 annual volunteers dedicate themselves to improve our city’s neighborhoods through home demolition, renovation and beautification efforts. In metro Detroit, his story is fairly well known.

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