urban blight

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Blight — even the most successful cities deal with it. One of the most daunting issues facing local governments is the problem of vacant and abandoned properties. A conference next week at Albany Law School will take an up-close look at landscape renewal.


    Dozens of blighted buildings have been torn down in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts in the last 18 months since the city council approved a $2 million demolition bond.  The city’s efforts at neighborhood revitalization were highlighted at on e such demolition project today.


    A state legislator from Springfield is working to craft a bill he believes will make it easier for municipalities throughout Massachusetts to rid neighborhoods of abandoned, blighted buildings by forcing owners to step out of the shadows.

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.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer visited Schenectady tuesday to give the city a helping hand and make some much-needed housing improvements.

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.

A decades-old problem that plagues large cities is about to meet a new, digital foe.

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.   The free app was about a year in the making, the brainchild of Tim Varney, a partner at Troy Web Consulting. Albany's Department of General Services cleans up hundreds of incidents of graffiti every year.