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August 17, 2014

EDITORIAL: Unblight Conference marshals attention to a devastating problem

If we didn’t already know the definition of blight -- after a two-day Unblight Conference held at Mercer University with people from all over the country who are addressing the issue -- a couple of things are clear. Blight has many definitions and areas of Macon fit whatever definitions you want to use. While it’s estimated the city has 4,000 uninhabited houses, according to Mayor Robert Reichert, he would not be surprised if there are many more. In fact, we don’t know how many homes are just sitting there, empty, abandoned or in dilapidated condition. The county is in the process of developing another request for proposal for a mapping study. The Center for Collaborative Journalism is also developing a mapping study.

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