By: Shannon Hegy
Posted: May 21, 2018 05:04 PM EDT
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Blighted properties aren’t just eyesores. They pose safety risks, health hazards, and decrease surrounding property values.
But New Bedford has initiated a program that is both trying to rehabilitate and fill vacant homes and preserve the rich history that some of those properties have to offer.
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At first glance, 318 Pleasant St. is the kind of blighted property that’s become all-too-common in cities across the country: forgotten, boarded-up, and left to rot.
That’s how it stood until