In a dilapidated neighborhood of Detroit, Mich., federal dollars have been hard at work, sometimes forging a trail through overgrown weeds over 6 feet high, in order to construct sidewalks in front of empty, abandoned lots.

Detroit resident Brenda Price was driving through the neighborhood near the intersection of John R Street and 7 Mile Road on her way home from work one day, when she noticed construction crews and wondered why the city would be replacing sidewalks in front of long-term abandoned properties.

“I just thought that that was kind of a waste of taxpayer money,” Price told WXYZ-TV in Detroit, “or it could be more strategically spent.”

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