Black victims of decades-old discrimination fight tax bills

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — Black victims of discrimination had to wait decades for a Detroit enclave to replace homes that were demolished in the 1950s and '60s in the name of urban renewal.

Now, only a few years after many finally got keys to their new homes, dozens of Hamtramck residents are back in federal court challenging property tax bills that they can't afford.

"Astronomical," said Mary Miner, whose taxes rose 63 percent to $2,600 on her two-story house on Goodson Street. "This is how...

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