• TODD DIEDERICH
  • Rahm Emanuel is the latest mayor to declare war on abandoned buildings

Earlier this week Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his latest “new initiative” to fight violence: an effort by the building department and police to tear down abandoned structures that are magnets for gang and drug activity.

“With these actions we are sending a clear message to gang members: you will find no shelter in the City of Chicago,” the mayor said in a written statement.

To make sure news outlets got the message, the mayor’s office sent out a press release last night announcing that the demolitions would start today on a dozen buildings in high-crime communities on the south and west sides. Then they sent out another press release about it this morning.