Indianapolis - Vacant homes are being demolished and improvements will be made to local parks thanks to federal money.
It's happening on the near north side at 29th and Broadway. The area suffers from urban blight, which includes decaying houses that attract crime.
"Once houses sit empty, then they get vandalized. You end up either with fires from people trying to stay warm in the winter - so they build a fire inside and the next thing you know you have what we have across the street - or vandalism; the plumbing - everything's been ripped out of them. So many of the houses we see around us are just not functional right now," said Jackie Nytes, Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation.
"We want to attract, I like to say, we like to call them the 21st century crowd. We'd like to attract them to come and take advantage of our location in the city. I think this project will bring some of them in," said Mark Montgomery, local resident.
Crews took down one home in a matter of a few hours. The project at 29th and Broadway is one of six Indianapolis neighborhoods getting the funds, which are part of the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
The program is a precursor to the federal stimulus bill. City officials have applied for those funds and will find out in December if it will be awarded the money.
The goal is to build 70 new homes and remodel or demolish 150 homes.
While most residents welcome the cash infusion, it's a bittersweet day for one man who grew up in one of the homes being demolished. Watch his story at 5:00 pm. This story will be updated later today.