Councilwoman working to clean up Lou. neighborhood

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by Karam Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 12:00 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's a sight that's become commonplace in the Parkland neighborhood, vacant, abandoned, and boarded up houses. 

Pamela Hutchings says there's been boarded up buildings on Hale Street for as long as she can remember. But there are so many surrounding her now, she's considered leaving her home of 14 years.

But the work of Attica Scott has given her some hope. The first district council woman has made noticeable strides cleaning up neighborhoods. Thursday's demolition of 3020 Hale Avenue is the latest step.

“What happens when we tear down these homes is we help to minimize the amount of rodents that are getting into the neighbors houses, we're helping to make this street safe for kids who walk up and down this street to the bus stop.   We don't know what's going on in there, there's illegal activity, dug activity, prostitution, it's hang out for young people when they're out of school,” Scott said.

There are about 200 of these properties in the neighborhood and the process of getting rid of them is long and expensive. Part of the trouble is finding the property owners who often turn out to be out of state banks or deceased. It took about a year for the city to condemn the house at 3020 Hale, never mind the abandoned homes that surround it. On Thursday, May 23, they'll spend $3,500 of tax payer money tearing it down. It is the second home to be demolished of seven target properties in the neighborhood.

So though there will still be boarded up houses lining Hale Avenue, Thursday’s demolition will be a victory, and for Mrs. Hutchings a sign, her neighborhood is worth sticking around.

“This is where my grandkids grew up at and my kids, I might stay,” Hutchings said.
 

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