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Des Moines’ $4.5 million revitalization program limited to 4 neighborhoods

September 22, 2018 | Des Moines Register

By Austin Cannon

Des Moines plans to launch a $4.5 million pilot program to help neighborhoods buy nuisance properties, demolish decaying homes and make other revitalization improvements.

The catch: It would only be available in four of the city’s 52 neighborhoods.

That has some residents worried the program could further the gap between “good” neighborhoods and “bad” ones.

The Des Moines City Council is expected to vote Monday to launch the program in the Beaverdale, Drake, Oak Park/Highland Park and McKinley School/Columbus Park neighborhoods.

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