LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Another abandoned home has been demolished in Louisville's Parkland neighborhood thanks to a joint effort between neighbors and Louisville Metro Council.
"I'd like to see another one go," said Kevin Madison as he watched crews knock down the abandoned house that once stood at 3020 Hale Avenue.
Madison grew up on the street and said over the past forty years neighbors have watched families move out, and crime move in.
"People steal," said resident Felicia Poplar. Poplar lives next door to an abandoned house and just two lots over from the home demolished Thursday. According to Poplar, the vacant homes not only invite criminal activity, but also rodents.
"It's ground hogs living underneath this house," said Poplar. "They come out every night."
"We've seen an increase in the possum population," said District 1 Councilwoman Attica Scott. "It really is a public health issue."