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Today:   We talk to Father Mike Surufka, a-k-a Father Mike, the pastor of Holy Name of Jesus parish in Cedar Lake and, now the administrator for the Cathedral of Holy Angels and the Church of Sts. Monica and Luke, both in Gary neighborhoods that are affected by the city's overall blight problems.  Fr.

Spring cleaning has begun in Gary. Every year at this time when the cold air is replaced by warmer temperatures the  city of Gary begins their  campaign against their legendary urban blight.

The mayor says they are making progress because of help from local contractors who are donating time and resources. Steven Lattimore has the story about how  the wrecking ball is bringing hope for a better future in the steel city. 

Eve Pytel, Delta Institute

Today:  an extended conversation with Eve Pytel of Delta Institute, the Chicago firm that created "Steel City Salvage" which works with specially-trained contractors to assess and deconstruct abandoned houses in the city of Gary and re-purpose the materials taken out of the homes. 

Pytel says there are more training sessions planned to bring more qualified Gary-based contractors into the program.  Right now, work is underway on homes in the Aetna neighborhood, but Eve says more neighborhoods will be targeted as contractors get trained.