You're correct, aceplace. I heard her say something about buying the lots. WRT the ongoing maintenance of the urban garden, perhaps she purchased the lots and then donated them back to the city. I don't know for sure but that's fairly common. Hopefully Detroit is maintaining their parks. ??
Thought one of the articles linked above referenced a neighborhood association and indicated that's who furnished the painting and other volunteers.
iwasish, you mentioned the need for repainting the exteriors every 5 years or so and that Nicole would simply expect that. IMHO, Nicole doesn't expect it or worry about any maintenance. As a flipper, she's long gone before 5 years rolls around.
Same answer, txvoodoo, WRT covering up rotten trim boards or old split shingles with paint. She's out of there long before it's a problem.
What's the saying, "A little putty, little paint - makes us what we ain't!"
Edited by diydude, Apr 8, 2014 @ 6:12 AM.