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Neighborhood winning blight fight

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Abandoned homes are a problem in cities nationwide. Driving through some historic West Palm Beach neighborhoods you can see it's also a local issue.

"121 in the north end in the Northwood area," says Northwood resident Carl Flick.

About a year ago Flick mapped and photo documented the homes.

"You have a string of abandoned homes along here," Carl says pointing to a row of boarded up houses in the 3000 block of Greenwood Avenue. "This is Northwood Hills and what we're looking for is for these homes to be occupied by being renovated again."

Getting abandoned homes occupied is why Flick took action.

"Just discovering a community that's a gem doesn't make it happen," Flick says. "There needs to be city attention and the city is beginning to turn its attention to us and we are definitely shouting to get that attention."

The city is using the list Flick created to try to track down owners and has even added 30 more abandoned homes to the list.

Flick says issues of crime are being dealt with, "The city is now looking at us with a new sense of renewal, looking at the community, how can we fix it up."

It's not just the city the residents of Northwood want attention from, they want potential buyers to take notice too.

"Northwood Hills has great architecture and a great layout of streets," according to Flick. "Some of the homes on the highest elevation have basements, so it's really a cool neighborhood. It is just waiting to be snapped up."

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