Vacant houses are a problem throughout the area, especially for a city that has seen its population dwindle from 787,741 in 1980 to 620,986 in the lastest census.
From McCabe Avenue to Remington, empty houses are a conundrum for neighborhoods striving to stay healthy.
Solutions for the problem have included of these properties to grouping them together to entice developers to and rehab the homes. However, some critics argue that demolition efforts destroy communities and large scale rehabilitation may lead to gentrification.
But now Patch wants to know if readers have any creative and realistic solutions. Tell me how you would address the problem in the comments section.