City remains knee-deep in more than 7,000 abandoned properties

Like many urban cities in recent years, Dayton still finds itself knee-deep in abandoned, dilapidated properties as the result of the foreclosure crisis and economic downturn five years ago. Boarded up buildings that appear to be on their last legs litter the city as it attempts to recover.Kevin Powell, the city’s acting manager of housing inspection, says officials plan to use $5.2 million — half from the state’s Moving Ohio Forward program and a matching grant from the city’s general fund — to raze 475 abandoned properties by the end of September.That will scratch the surface of an estimated 7,000 abandoned property problem that is growing….more

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