Blight

Abandoned Schools

Tearing down vacant, privately owned structures is difficult. But why can’t publicly owned buildings be razed or fixed up? Lacreitia Jamison points to abandoned school buildings.

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Home Ownership

In low-income areas, renters are prevalent and the degree of tenant and landlord neglect is stark. As a long-time homeowner, Herbert Booker is not happy with what he sees.

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Overgrown Brush

Linda Campbell’s concern may seem mundane on the surface: untrimmed brush and weeds that creep out and smother roadsides. But Campbell sees higher stakes: safety and a symbol of neglect.

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Graffiti

As a librarian, Gloria Melchor is devoted to the value of reading and writing. That’s one reason she views the excessive graffiti on library walls and other structures in neighborhoods as an affront.

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Home Maintenance

Jenkins said it’s difficult for widows such as her to keep up with home maintenance. Many are elderly and physically unable to do the work, lack the technological know-how, or do not have Internet to learn how to do the project themselves.

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Abandoned Homes

Artecia Thompson recently moved from California and thinks that strategies used there could help promote repair and occupancy of abandoned homes in Oklahoma City. That would help revive neighborhoods.

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Abandoned Apartments

The Carters, who are parents, said an abandoned apartment complex at the end of their street is both an eyesore and a public health hazard. But can anyone do anything?

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