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Bridgeport Demolishes Blighted Properties

Bridgeport mayor Joe Ganim climbed into the cab of a construction claw Tuesday and joined city leaders to demolish an abandoned property on the east side of the city.

Ganim said this demolition has been in the works for a long time. It was an eyesore to the community.

“This has been [here] I think over a decade from what I’ve been told, over a decade just sitting here,” said Ganim. “So if you live in this neighborhood, it’s just not fair.”

Max Perez, the city’s Senior Economic Developer, said this property and others like it have been used for prostitution and drug sales.

“This particular home is right across the street from a school,” said Perez. “Kids should be able to come out, enjoy recess, be able to come out of school and not be approached by someone who is selling drugs or doing other things.”

Ganim said the city has already demolished 30 properties in similar condition, and it's targeting 11 more.