02 Jan '12, 4pm

"There Goes the Neighborhood." Two Ways to Deal with Foreclosed Homes

"There Goes the Neighborhood." We talk often at TreeHugger about the importance of building restoration and how "the greenest brick is the one already in the wall ." So when I caught up with some recent episodes of 60 Minutes over the holiday break and watched this segment on how some towns in the US are tearing down homes that have been foreclosed upon, I couldn't help but think of the sustainability implications. In a time when we're experiencing disturbingly high unemployment, poverty and homelessness rates, as well as suffering the devastatingly persistent effects of increased burning of fossil fuels , it is startling to learn that cities such as Cleveland, Ohio are attempting to tear down up to 30,000 homes. And this is happening in other cities across the US. Aren't there people that could live here, I wondered? Couldn't some of these homes be fixed up and put to use...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/there-goes-neighborhood...

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