Daily Texan – Abandoned buildings pose health, safety risks

Illegal drug activity, prostitution and trash-dumping within abandoned Austin buildings threaten the health and safety of neighbors and impose significant economic costs on the surrounding community, according to a recent report from the University’s Community Development Clinic.

The tool-kit report, released Tuesday, gives residents the information and means necessary to address these problems in their neighborhood. The tool kit is an evaluation of practices that have been implemented to improve living standards in other communities across the country. Such practices include the formation of neighborhood partnerships, the creation of coalitions and task forces, and the participation of citizens in proactive monitoring of criminal activity.

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