Jeff Perigo knows exactly where they are — three buildings in Boswell Borough that would be better off at the business end of a bulldozer.
But ridding the borough of blighted properties, he said, isn't as simple as some may believe.
"Really, people want action on this stuff but they don't know the logistics of what goes on," the Boswell council president said. "They think you make a phone call, get the money and knock it down."
Pennsylvania has adopted new several measures to battle blight — the Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act of 2009 and the Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act of 2010, to name a few.
Still, cash-strapped local governments often lack the capital to put these laws to work.
According to Perigo, the three worst sites in Boswell are along Main Street, Susquehanna Street and Route 601, just outside of town. The borough has the option to cite the property owners, seek court injunctions or attempt demolition.
He said the problem is that all these routes are expensive — and give the municipality little chance of recuperating costs.
"It's always a money issue," he said. "You're not going to get your money back."