Camden struggles to get abandoned homes demolished

A New Jersey city is having trouble carrying out part of its plan to deal with blight.

Camden officials put a contract out for bid to tear down 64 abandoned buildings around the city in the first phase of a massive wave of planned demolitions.

But the request attracted just one bid. And that contractor withdrew the offer hours after making it.

The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill reports it’s not clear how the city will proceed now.

Officials say abandoned structures are havens for crime and also destructive raccoons in a city that ranks as one of the most impoverished in the nation.

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