Oct 31, 2012 Comments Off on Charge city demolitions ‘destroying our neighborhoods’
The city’s program of demolishing vacant homes is just “creating more destruction in our neighborhoods” and not making areas any safer, according to leaders in impacted communities.
“There is no community imput or transparency,” said Charles Brown, a leader with Action Now. “They are just coming in and creating more destruction in our neighborhoods.”
“Vacant lots are just as dangerous as vacant buildings,” said Brown, a retired police officer and Englewood resident. “We need to build communities back up instead of knocking them down.”
He spoke as Mayor Emanuel announced the city has demolished the 200th home in what’s being billed as an anti-gang initiative. There are over 15,000 vacant properties in Chicago.
“This top-down approach to the vacant building problems is just wiping out our neighborhoods,” said Action Now president Michelle Young. “We want to bring families back into these homes and have the city invest in long-term solutions instead of quick fixes that don’t work.”