It was the city's third 'Make Safe Saturday' event this year to clean up blighted properties. The effort focuses on properties with city code violations that are a public hazard but do not meet the criteria for demolition.
"They decrease property values," said Houston Mayor Annise Parker Saturday. "As I said earlier, they're a magnet for crime. They diminish neighbors' pride in their neighborhood."
Mayor Parker mowed the lawn at an abandoned property on Avenue I in southeast Houston. It was one of 59 properties across the city targeted during Saturday's cleanup.
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