From Broken Windows to Bulldozers: Governing Urban Decay in Post-Crisis America October 2015
Adam Tooze, Columbia
For their generous encouragement and feedback I would like to thank Grey Anderson, Dana Conley, Bernard Harcourt, Jeremy Kessler, Tim Shenk, Paul Solman
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On 10 January 2008 the Cleveland Housing Renewal Project, soon to be joined by the city of Cleveland itself, brought suit against Deutsche Bank and a cluster of other big banks for failing to maintain post-foreclosure homes. As the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals summarized the case in September 2010, Deutsche Bank was alleged to own twenty-five decayed properties in Cleveland that were a ‘public nuisance’, ‘being a menace to the public health, welfare and safety’.

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