KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Mayor Sly James announced a plan Wednesday to tear down dangerous buildings across the city.
The plan is a result of a voter-approved half-cent sales tax.
At a news conference, the mayor said tearing down dangerous buildings is key to revitalizing neighborhoods. The program started Wednesday when the mayor himself helped demolish an abandoned home.
“Before we can get anyone in to do anything on a block like that, we've got to take down the dangerous buildings,” James said. “If there are buildings that can be salvaged, we've got to figure out a plan to salvage them."
The plan involves tearing down 157 houses between now and March of next year.
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