Posted: Dec 11, 2012 12:21 PM by NBC News (WXIA)
Updated: Dec 11, 2012 12:21 PM
ATLANTA (WXIA) - Residents of Atlanta's Pittsburgh neighborhood went on the offensive Saturday, taking over another vacant, foreclosed home.
They say they are trying to rid their community of the blight, one way or another, even if it's against the law.
And so far, no one's stopping them -- not the absentee owners, including banks that took over many of the community's vacant homes in foreclosure.
Neighborhood residents, who have now unilaterally taken control of the two houses, say they are practicing civil disobedience, in order to accomplish what no one in authority will even try to do for their neighborhood.
"This property's been vacant for some years, and it looks real bad," said Pastor Bobby Williams of Community Ministry Church. "We have so many abandoned houses over here in the Pittsburgh community."
Pastor Williams calls them crime magnets.
His church, as well as a school, are across the street from the dilapidated house where the activists were focusing their efforts on Saturday.
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