- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Columbus businessman is taking a different approach to the idea of cleaning up his neighborhood.

James Patton says problems in the area around his wallpaper distribution business make it hard to attract employees or find tenants to rent space in his 152,000-square-foot building.

The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1iPO7La ) report Patton’s solution is buying up nearby vacant or abandoned houses and demolishing them to create green space.

Patton has bought six houses so far at prices as low as $11,000, including three that were occupied. He told the tenants to leave. He’s also pursuing 16 additional properties

Residents say drugs and prostitution are common in the area just west of downtown.



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