Following the Great Recession, vacant properties became a serious concern in many Columbus neighborhoods, diminishing property values and serving as magnets for crime. Then the city's Land Bank Office got busy, demolishing the unsalvageable buildings and selling other abandoned properties. Today, urban blight remains a problem in many Columbus neighborhoods, but the number of vacant structures has decreased by nearly 40 percent across the city over the past five years, a change that city officials attribute in part to the land bank's efforts, as well as increased bank lending to rehabbers.

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