As far as anniversaries go, Motor City Blight Busters is enjoying a trifecta: The nonprofit’s founder, John George, was born and raised in the Brightmoor neighborhood not far from his organization’s Old Redford headquarters on June, 24, 1958. He founded Blight Busters 30 years ago in June, and bought the building that houses Artist Village — the sprawling campus that serves as a hub for the group as well as the community and includes a gallery, performance space, outdoor courtyards, and colorful murals — 15 years ago. “Play it in the lotto, 6015,” he says with a chuckle over coffee at Artist Village’s Motor City Java House and Café. “Isn’t that weird how it worked out? “The neighborhood has come a long way since George boarded up his first house three decades ago.

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