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Dayton rid of 480 homes in record demolition

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Dayton has torn down more than 480 blighted structures so far this year, setting a record for demolition in the southwest Ohio city as it works to add green space and build around assets such as schools, hospitals and community centers.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/158r5Br ) reports the city's "nuisance property" list has been cut from 1,830 sites to 1,460, though there are hundreds that might qualify for the list but haven't been added.

Dayton's director of planning and community development says the problem can't be fixed in a few years. He says the city's long-term strategy incorporates tearing down problem properties and creating new housing and other development.

He says the city must adjust for a population that has dropped by about 120,000 people over the past 50 years.

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