TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Hit hard by foreclosures and the economy, Ohio's fourth-largest city is on track to demolish a record number of blighted homes this year.
Toledo officials expect more than 400 mostly residential buildings will have come down by the end of 2011. Already, 351 structures have been razed, just one fewer than the record set last year.
Neighbors tell The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/tYRC1O ) that abandoned properties draw crime and scrap metal thieves.
City officials say they're able to tear down more of the eyesores thanks to more than $1 million in demolition funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. That's four times more money than the department provided in past years.
Still, Toledo's manager of code enforcement describes a "crisis" with 700 homes on the city's tear-down list.
Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/