The blight problem in Atlanta continues to be a financial concern for the city. Conservative estimates conclude that Atlanta is spending millions of dollars in code enforcement and services on worn down and vacant properties. Recently, these abandoned lots have also been increasingly used as dumping sites for dead bodies. The corpses recovered included several vagrants who overdosed on narcotics and two female murder victims who were allegedly strangled to death at separate times.

We bring together a group of professionals who have studied Atlanta’s blight to discuss the problem: Georgia Tech Professor Dan Immergluck, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Willoughby Mariano, and community activist Tina Arnold of Sustainable Lakewood. 

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