- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two public housing high-rises in north Philadelphia have been demolished as part of a plan to revitalize the area.

The 18-story towers that were once part of the 499-unit Norman Blumberg Apartments complex were imploded shortly before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, falling in seconds and sending a cloud of dust throughout the area.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority says 15 low-rise buildings are also being demolished but the remaining 13-story high-rise will be renovated and remain a senior residence.

The plan is to create 1,200 new residential units and 420 affordable and market-rate homes to replace the 1960s-era project marked by crime and blight that officials call “an obstacle to neighborhood renewal.”

Former residents were relocated last year to other public housing or to rental properties in and out of the city.

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