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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Metro council is taking its fight against vacant properties right to where the problem is.
Today, members were in the Parkland neighborhood, which is plagued with more than 200 of the properties. The Ad Hoc Committee on Vacant Property is holding meetings with groups and organizations working on the issue in Metro Louisville. In the meeting they heard from more than a dozen groups, at the Trinity Family Life Center on Hale Avenue.
"There are a lot of great ideas and new directions talked about. Prevention, which is one of the first steps we need to take is to keep people from getting to the point that they're going to lose their home," said Democratic Councilwoman Attica Scott.
"So, we have to do a lot of education around foreclosure. And, then we have to do something with the vacant properties. We can tear them down, use them as greenspace in community gardens, get young people and older people together, to create their own local food"
Scott says her committee will now post contact information, so people can help, or get help from, the groups involved in today's meeting.
She says it's critical for organizations to work together on this issue.