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Over 200 Vacant Homes Torn Down In Chicago

Posted by wlpo on December 28, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – The city of Chicago has demolished more than 250 vacant buildings this year in an effort to eliminate potential gang hangouts in high-crime neighborhoods.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the demolitions are part of a joint initiative between Chicago police and the city’s Department of Buildings. The city has focused on vacant and dangerous buildings that could become havens for drug use and prostitution.

Buildings are targeted for demolition based on recommendations from the community and the number of calls for service received.

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