Like so many other cities across the nation, Albany has had to deal with urban blight and aging infrastructure. When an old house along the city's storied Clinton Avenue crumbled, the mayor took immediate action.
Thirty-eight cities and towns across Massachusetts are set to receive $31 million in federal Community Development Block Grants.
Gov. Deval Patrick says the money will help pay for housing rehabilitation, public service projects and local infrastructure.
Patrick planned to officially announce the grants Friday in West Springfield, where $900,000 will be used for housing, social service programs and upgrades to neighborhood sidewalks.