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Blighted properties coming down

4 years 2 months 2 weeks ago March 08, 2013 Mar 8, 2013 Friday, March 08 2013 March 08, 2013 4:57 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Adrian Pittman

BATON ROUGE - The Department of Public Works started some spring cleaning in Baton Rouge, demolishing abandoned houses in an effort to get rid of blighted properties in the city.

Crews knocked down a house on North 37th Street which had been empty for nearly a decade. Residents complained it was being used for drug activity and prostitution.

Frederick Hawkins passed by it everyday, and he's happy to see it go.

"It gives us a better look. Once in a life time they're really coming around here, doing something for us for awhile. Everything was just tearing down looking bad. What they are doing now, I really appreciate it," said Hawkins.

There's a list of other properties slated for demolition in the city. DPW hopes to have a majority of the blighted properties tackled by summer.

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