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Old 11-09-2019, 02:48 PM
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The thing is that it takes money to raze buildings/houses and get these sites cleaned up.

It also takes money if you want to fix these buildings/houses up and make them look better.

In Detroit, this has been a huge problem but over the past several years there's been a lot of effort towards doing this work.

Some of these sites are corporate owned and they are waiting for the "right project" before they sign off on making improvements to a building.

With the houses, people are able to apply for loans and put some sweat equity into making the homes more attractive.

Urban farming and creating more usable green space is also a huge priority for the city.

It's not an urban or rural problem per say, but more about shifting populations. More people moving from the rural areas to the cities. People moving out of the city for better opportunities in the suburbs.

Even in the small town I live in, I was just driving past a empty home with all of its windows knocked out and was surprised I hadn't noticed it until today. (It sits on a major road. How could I miss it?) But someone owns the property and you can't just go in and tear down someone's house - even if all the windows have already been knocked out and you can see that the property isn't being taken care of.
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Old 11-09-2019, 07:08 PM
Location: Tarheel State Till January
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I see plenty of dilapidated houses in NC, especially out in the sticks. There are 2 about a half mile from my house, and even more further away. NC-DOT tore down a couple of them to make way for a new 4 lane they're putting through the area next year.
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