CLEVELAND (AP) — More than 17,000 houses in the Cleveland area believed to be standing vacant, most lost to foreclosure.
That's the assessment of The Plain Dealer newspaper (http://bit.ly/178CJzy ), which analyzed the numbers in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County and parts of neighboring Summit and Medina counties.
The newspaper review found that virtually every community in Cuyahoga County has been harmed by derelict properties, including the area's most affluent suburbs.
The hardest hit includes Maple Heights, Euclid, Garfield Heights and Warrensville Heights. On some streets in Cleveland, the number of homes lost to foreclosure and abandonment outnumber those still occupied.
County land bank officials expect to demolish about 1,000 homes this year — and that's on top of a similar number of demolitions by the city of Cleveland.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com