Special Reports

The House Next Door

Houses condemned five years ago are still standing. But why?

For one Macon-Bibb County landlord, frustration over blighted properties is off the charts. But Macon-Bibb officials say a change in how they attack blight should lead to more success.

The House Next Door

Macon’s Kings Park sees progress, setbacks

In the year since The Telegraph shed light on blight in Kings Park, more problem properties have been identified. Macon-Bibb County's 5 X 5 project spent five weeks making repairs and cleaning up this summer. The effort is enough to give some neighbors hope, but others say more work must be done.

Videos

Patterson Street property owner: Blight hurts

Robert West says abandoned properties around his Patterson Street house have court orders for demolition but the department responsible for carrying out the orders won't do their job.
Beau Cabell Telegraph
Patterson Street property owner: Blight hurts 1:25

Patterson Street property owner: Blight hurts

Fighting blight by mapping parcels in Macon-Bibb County 2:33

Fighting blight by mapping parcels in Macon-Bibb County

Brookdale Avenue resident: House obscured by forest is still a blight 0:38

Brookdale Avenue resident: House obscured by forest is still a blight

Athletic field to replace blight near Pleasant Hill 1:49

Athletic field to replace blight near Pleasant Hill