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A Harvey City Councilman wants to expedite demolition on properties surrounding the Woodmere subdivision, where a six-year-old was found murdered last week. Councilman Mark Spears says neighbors have been complaining, it's a safety/quality of life risk, and he's been trying for months to get the blighted properties torn down. "When dilapidated property goes unchecked, it attracts a criminal element," he said. [nola.com, photo: Derek Bridges]