University of Michigan students help fight blight in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood

DETROIT (WXYZ) - In a neighborhood know for its blight, seeds are being planted as college students transform not only vacant lots, but also attitudes about Detroit.

In an often forgotten corner of Brightmoor, a classroom project is taking root and hope is growing as vacant lots are transformed.

Students from the University of Michigan are partnering with Neighbors Building Brightmoor to create a magical place - replacing the sight of blight.

The space will be named Groundhog Park, for the critter that calls the plot of land home.

Even a pizza oven is being created in his honor.

Already, this project is changing attitudes and creating smiles.

See Ronnie Dahl’s full report in the video player above.

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