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More houses coming down in Gary's blight fight

More houses coming down in Gary's blight fight

Annie Haynes has lived in her modest brick bungalow on Gary's east side since 1969 when nearby Emerson High School teemed with students and Memorial Auditorium was the city's concert hotspot. The ensuing decades haven't been kind to the neighborhood. Emerson still sits on 7th Avenue and Carolina, a lonely beacon of blight where vandals have hollowed out windows and had full run of the building. Ravaged by a 1997 fire, Memorial Auditorium still stands, but just barely. From Haynes' house on Carolina Street, real-life neighbors can't be seen anymore. Just the ghosts of old ones who once lived in now-decaying homes, shrouded by weeds and littered with liquor...

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