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Blighted properties coming down

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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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