Urban blight can have an insidious impact on a local community - socially, economically and environmentally. New Haven has just acquired its first vacant property under an anti-blight ordinance.
"It's been a place for people to go and get high, a place for people who don’t have anywhere to live to sleep."
Joanne Kelly is walking back to her home, a few houses away from an abandoned property on Clay Street in the Fair Haven section of New Haven.
Former alderman Joe Rodriguez says city workers came here early this morning to clean the place up.