CHICAGO (CBS) — The city of Chicago was celebrating a milestone Wednesday, in a program that started last July to tear down abandoned buildings.
WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports 300 vacant buildings have been torn down in the past seven months, the latest a burned-out and boarded-up house near 103rd Street and Lowe Avenue in the Roseland neighborhood.
Abandoned buildings serve as havens for drug and gang activity.
“The most troublesome criminal activity we have to contend with stems from gangs, and vacant buildings are an element that facilitates gang problems,” Chicago Police First Deputy Supt. Al Wysinger said. “They use these abandoned structures for stash houses for guns, and for drugs. They also use them for narcotics sales, and as distribution points.”