90-y/o Detroit resident on blighted street says city not helping

She's lived in her Detroit home for 60 years and now there are more abandoned homes than neighbors on her street.

As people moved out, the rats moved in and she wants the city to help her - so she can stay put.

It's not much of a view from the front porch of Noretha Armour's home on the northwest side of Detroit.

"I would love to see that house torn down, and that one there too," she said.

No neighbors, the surrounding homes long forgotten, attract thieves and worse, leaving this 90-year-old to live in fear.

"Somebody could open the gate come on in, follow me in the house or make me go in the house," she said.

But this is home and has been for 60 years and counting.

"Why do I stay? I like being on my own," Armour said.

 For years she's tried to change things, with the help of her niece Daisy Marshall.

"We've been patient for almost a decade," Marshall said. "How long do we have to be patient."

Just a week ago, Marshall says the city informed them that demolishing the vacant houses on west Euclid were not a "high priority."

"She is going die with this around, in this environment," Marshall said. "Because she's not a high priority for the city, they really don't care."

Living sandwiched between crumbling bricks and boarded up windows, takes a more than just a mental toll on a person.

While no one lives on the street, the same can't be said for who has taken up residence outside the home.

"Mice and rats and everything else you can name," she said. 

Some of which are now moving in with her, which is why she is pleading to move up the priority list when it comes to demolishing blighted homes.

"It gets you all flustered," she said. "You get angry and then I pray to God, Lord have Mercy but I'm still human."

Still doing her part to keep her neighborhood looking the way it did 60 years ago when she first moved in.

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