COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Some Columbus residents are worried about the future of lots left empty by a plan to tear down 900 homes considered dangerous or uninhabitable.
The city plans to spend more than $11 million on the demolition work. Mayor Michael Coleman says the houses are threatening the viability of neighborhoods.
But resident Michael Aaron tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/AbsHLy ) he wonders how neighborhoods will be affected overall and whether people are likely to rebuild on the empty lots.
Some critics argue the city should help owners fix dilapidated homes instead of destroying them.
Other residents say demolition is the right move. Mary Nanak lives next door to one of the vacant houses and says it's home to rats and cockroaches that visit her property. She says she wants it destroyed.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com