These techies are so angry over Atlanta blight they flew a drone to film it. What they found is ugly.

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This blighted house was photographed by Blyght, which is pushing for more resources to address Atlanta’s blighted properties problem. Contributed by Charlie Agrinsoni.

A group of Atlanta residents are so angry over the city’s blighted buildings they flew a drone to film them. What they found is ugly.

These aerial shots from the Ashview Heights and English Avenue neighborhoods show the skeletal remains of long-abandoned properties. The crumbling roofs would look at home in a war zone.

The video is the work of Blyght, a group of young, tech-savvy residents who are calling attention to deadbeat owners and hazardous properties using technology. Charlie Agrinsoni filmed the homes. West side residents David Cater, Kahlil English Alan Holmes are coordinating the effort. Holmes

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Contributed by Charlie Agrinsoni

has served on the city’s code enforcement committee, which studied ways to overhaul its system.

A budget proposal by neighborhood groups that’s being presented to City Hall today asks for millions of dollars in additional funding and resources, including 20 more code enforcement researchers to hunt down owners and 15 more public works officers.

Eleven associations have signed on to the budget request. A petition is also in progress.

Watch their full video here:

Note: Edited at 1:38 p.m. to update links and add a new video.


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Reader Comments 0

Alizandra Hilton
Alizandra Hilton

Why is it if they can't find the owners can't the city take eminent domain and repossess these properties and sell them at auction? I hardly think a staff of nearly 100 people is necessary to do this. Come on Atlanta after so many violations repossess!

Omar K. Ali
Omar K. Ali

Like Creekside, I bet the majority of these owners don't even live in the state.