With Mika's help, he's fighting blight in his neighborhood

By Mika Highsmith -
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Posted by Nick Dutton -

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - East Toledo resident John Grel lives in the 500 block of Woodville Rd. He's surrounded by abandoned properties, prompting him to call the city for help.

"I like to have a nice house and I like it to look as nice as I can have it," says Grel.

Lately, it seems his efforts haven't mattered. In fact, four abandoned homes and businesses stand within feet of each other and his home.

Further, Grel says people dump trash between the houses, which he can see from his property. And the stench is making him angry.

Also, making him upset are the people parading in and out of the homes.

Grel has reported the homes, obvious fire hazards, to the city all summer. The fact that nothing's been done is not fair to the longtime, taxpaying resident.

Grel says he feels condemned to live in the neighborhood. He can't sell his home.

"Get them condemned and tore down," says Grel.

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