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North City resident worried about rundown properties near his house

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Resident Marty Spikener is worried about this leaning home on Dryden Avenue. Credit: KMOV Resident Marty Spikener is worried about this leaning home on Dryden Avenue. Credit: KMOV
NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

A resident on Dryden Avenue in north St. Louis said he has had enough when it comes to vacant, neglected properties.

Marty Spikener lives in a tidy well-kept home, but just down the street are several neglected and forgotten properties.

“There’s vacant houses on this block,” he said.

Spikener gave News 4 a tour of his neighborhood and showed News 4 a home that is leaning.

“It is leaning so bad that it should have been torn down years ago,” he said.

Spikener said he is concerned that someone will get hurt and added that children play close by.

There are more than 7,100 vacant properties in St. Louis City. The city allocates $300,000 per year to tear some of them down. Mayor Lyda Krewson supports a sales tax proposition that would increase the fund to $675,000.

Which abandoned properties get torn down are up to the alderperson representing the ward where the buildings in question are.

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