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Lessons Learned from the Now-Demolished Crestmont Village Apartments

The Crestmont Village Apartments in Houston’s South Acres neighborhood were recently demolished. A judge shut down the complex in late 2015 after residents complained of several ailments, including leaky roofs, rodents, raw sewage coming up from the ground, and other unsafe living conditions. Mayor Sylvester Turner was at the demolition to, as he said, “put […]

The Crestmont Village Apartments in Houston’s South Acres neighborhood were recently demolished. A judge shut down the complex in late 2015 after residents complained of several ailments, including leaky roofs, rodents, raw sewage coming up from the ground, and other unsafe living conditions. Mayor Sylvester Turner was at the demolition to, as he said, “put slumlords on notice.”

But how did a modern-day Houston residential community get to this point? And how can something similar be prevented from happening again?

To learn more, we talk with City Council Member Dwight Boykins, who represents the area where Crestmont was located, and Tom McCasland, director of the Houston Housing and Community Development Department.

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