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More Abandoned Houses In Gary Get Re-Purposed, Beginning In Aetna

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Credit Eve Pytel, Delta Institute
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Specially-trained contractors deconstruct an abandoned garage in Aetna to repurpose materials.

"Steel City Salvage" was created by Delta Institute of Chicago to use specially-trained contractors to deconstruct abandoned houses in the city of Gary and give the materials taken from them new life, either in other structures or other uses.

Right now, crews are working in the Aetna neighborhood.

The company is using a 2016 Knight Cities Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  The Cities Challenge program goal is to make the 26 communities where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work.  Gary is one of those communities, because the Knight brothers once owned and published the "Post-Tribune" in he city.

Eve Pytel is a Director of Delta Institute who supervises "Steel City Salvage."  She joined me on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday for an update on the program.  Here's our lengthy but informative conversation.