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Blight: Afflict Then Attract

The term "blight" is used to describe any structure(s) in a state of deteriorating, defection, uninhabitable, or in dire need of improvement. It's mostly heard in urban settings and old factory towns where many of the older building structures have endured decades of weathering, multiple uses, and damage (both natural and man-inflicted).

In recent years there has been a push among cities across the nation to either remove or renovate the blighted buildings. For a number of reasons, these programs make sense. Here are a few reasons why. The removal of blight:

  • Improves local image
  • Makes better use of existing buildings
  • Prevents vagrancy, vandalism, and abandonment
  • Increases business and employment opportunities
  • Generates tax revenue
From an aesthetic, economic, social, and historical perspective, blighted buildings carry tremendous growth potential. A blighted building could be restored to become a large employment center, a new pharmacy (as pictured below), or even recreation space. You never know. Thus the beauty of a blighted building: Affliction Today, Attraction Tomorrow.


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