urban blight http://wamc.org en Schumer Pledges To Help Schenectady Battle Blight http://wamc.org/post/schumer-pledges-help-schenectady-battle-blight <p></p><p>U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer visited Schenectady tuesday to give the city a helping hand and make some much-needed housing improvements.</p><p>The backdrop to Schumer's appearance along the electric city's Broadway in the Bellvue section: a blighted building damaged by fire four years ago. Its absentee landlord has left the property fallow for years.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:45:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 78648 at http://wamc.org Schumer Pledges To Help Schenectady Battle Blight Albany App Targets Graffiti http://wamc.org/post/albany-app-targets-graffiti <p>A decades-old problem that plagues large cities is about to meet a new, digital foe.<br><br>The city of Albany is turning to smartphone technology in the fight against urban blight: Mayor Jerry Jennings announced the activation of The Graffiti Buster.&nbsp;&nbsp; The free app was about a year in the making, the brainchild of Tim Varney, a partner at <a href="http://www.troyweb.com/">Troy Web Consulting</a>. Albany's Department of General Services cleans up hundreds of incidents of graffiti every year.<br>&nbsp; Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:07:19 +0000 Dave Lucas 60932 at http://wamc.org Albany App Targets Graffiti