Workers on Thursday knocked down a building in the South Side Park Manor neighborhood that has been the source of complaints by nearby residents for more than a decade. Residents claim the building was used by drug dealers.
On Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the city's building department will spend $4 million to make it impossible for gang members to use the buildings as a base of operations.
All the targeted buildings are either owned by private individuals, or they're in default with a bank. City officials say that in most cases, it's had to go to court to get authorization for a demolition.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.