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Using Social Media To Fight Blight

Resident’s in one community said they’re tired of living next to a dilapidated house and are using social media to help get something done about it.
DALE BOROUGH, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- Resident’s in one community said they’re tired of living next to a dilapidated house and are using social media to help get something done about it.

“It was a beautiful home,” said Nelson Lowes, who lives next door to a rundown house on Arthur Street in Dale Borough.

Lowes said he can’t sell his house because his property value is too low because of the run down house next door.  His cousin Alex Barron lives in his house and created a Facebook page to help get answers about what can be done about the eyesore.

“The page has really taken off,” said Barron.  “We have received a ton of support.”

The two said they’ve been talking with Dale Borough officials about the rundown home.  According to court documents, the taxes on the dilapidated house are paid the borough’s hands are tied.  Barron and Lowes said they want answers and are trying to legally see what can be done to clean up or tear down the home.

“The taxes that are paid up on the house are enough to tear it down,” said Barron.  “Why not take it down, it’s falling apart and no one has lived in it for years.”

“I pay my taxes, I could do the same thing to my house and say the heck with it,” said Lowes.

The cousins have thousands of followers on the Facebook page of people who said they’re also fed up with the dilapidated homes in the area.  The next Dale Borough Council meeting is August 13, 2013 the two hope to get answer and have the support of the community behind them to make a positive change to clean up the streets.

“I hope this effort works,” said Lowes.
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