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Blight Fight

An amendment that would allow the city to sell abandoned and blighted Lower 9th Ward properties to private buyers in the neighborhood for less than fair market value got the a-okay from the House of Representatives. As it stands, if the city sells a property for less than fair market value it's considered a donation. Rep. Wesley Bishop said around 600 lots "have not moved" since Hurricane Katrina and called it "an extraordinary problem that calls for an extraordinary solution." [Advocate; previously]