Standing in front of a dilapidated house on the South Side, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman pledged to rid the city of the most dangerous buildings.

Standing in front of a dilapidated house on the South Side, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman pledged to rid the city of the most dangerous buildings.

The mayor said the city would raze 900 of the most distressed properties, including the one behind him at a press conference on Feb. 23.

He called the house at 151 E. Innis Ave. a "monument to misery and mayhem."

"It's an eyesore," Coleman said. "It's blight. It's a crime magnet."

The house was slated to be torn down that afternoon and replaced with a new home.

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