Frank Dawkins in front of one of the vacant, dilapidated homes in his neighborhood, Kings Park, in east Macon. Dawkins wishes that local government would look harder for property owners and that people who want to keep their homes up could get some financial help.
Frank Dawkins in front of one of the vacant, dilapidated homes in his neighborhood, Kings Park, in east Macon. Dawkins wishes that local government would look harder for property owners and that people who want to keep their homes up could get some financial help. gblankenship@macon.com
Frank Dawkins in front of one of the vacant, dilapidated homes in his neighborhood, Kings Park, in east Macon. Dawkins wishes that local government would look harder for property owners and that people who want to keep their homes up could get some financial help. gblankenship@macon.com

Blight across Macon takes its toll, residents say

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