In May 2014, Durham, North Carolina officials sought to combat urban neglect. The town couldn’t afford radical modifications, but it could cover certain blemishes. The city, therefore, prohibited plywood boarding on abandoned homes and instead used high density plastics. The city found that it made a tremendous difference for the neighborhood’s impression. It additionally steadied housing costs and even leveled the crime rate.
The construction company the city contracted installed see-through, sturdy polycarbonate on certain properties. The switch to high-density plastics further helped to sell vacant buildings. In 2011, when the city started focusing on blight, there were nearly 500 boarded-up homes. As of the beginning of 2017, only 56 buildings remained.
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