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Porch squatter 

The first time the Abandoned Structure Squad checked the dwelling at 282 E. Palmer in Detroit, it was uninhabited. Last week, box springs, a sleeping bag, clothes and a pillow appeared on the front porch. ASS can understand someone camping out on the front porch rather than moving into one of the six spacious rooms inside. ASS attempted to venture inside, but was unable to make it through to the back door because of the rotting floors and plaster falling from the ceiling. In ’02, the structure was declared unsafe and its demolition was ordered. A contract was canceled when bureaucrats decided they might be able to collect a $3,900 water bill if someone actually bought the place. In the expert opinion of ASS, whoever is camping on the front porch doesn’t have that kind of cash.

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