The city has begun its biggest effort in more than a decade to condemn and serve demolition orders on nine buildings.
Mayor Kristen Brown said the city's push for neighborhood cleanup is about removing blighting influences to provide public safety and safe housing.
It's also part of implementing the city's strategic plan. One of the city's goals is to "ensure safe and affordable housing and attractive and proud neighborhoods for all."
Prior to the removal of the former Best Buy Carpet store on Pennsylvania Street last year, the city hadn't ordered a demolition in at least a decade. Brown said she expects more residential and commercial buildings to be added to the condemnation list.
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