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Solve derelict housing problem by teaching demolition skills

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Solve derelict housing problem by teaching demolition skills Re Feb. 23 article, “A housing headache”: I’m wondering if there could be a silver lining to this dark cloud of buildings foreclosed by the city and that need expensive repair the city cannot afford. I think lot of boys of all ages would have a ball tearing down a building and then having the vacant lot become a place for recreation for them to play basketball, ...

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February 26, 2013
1:39 a.m.
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February 26, 2013
4:01 a.m.

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GREAT idea Linda. I would love to see teenage boys who have little to no maturity, common sense, experience climbing on roofs and pulling down ceiligs. OSHA would have no problem looking the other way. Perhaps the Schenectady Fire Department could 'lend' a ladder truck or two to get up on that slate roof.
Now about that hazardous dust containing mold, insect/rodent feces, asbestoes, lead, mercury, and other carcenogenic chemicals; takes years to see some effects-who cares. Broken glass, protruding nails, some minor infections would do em good.
Hard hats, eye protection, some high speed demolition tools with or with out safety gear-no problem.
Loading dumpsters with newspapers for a cub scout drive is easy. What can be so hard about dragging twisted metal, rotten lumber and plaster dust-
Gotta take as much property off the tax rolls and put in some good old open basements and pits to play in.
I believe you are 'volunteering' your young family members - Yes?

February 26, 2013
9:50 a.m.

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Perhaps some of these derelict homes can be torn down by BOCES vo-tech students as part of a class project of some sorts. I believe that is precisely what they should be studying in BOCES to become our future contractors. Have them work with some heavy equipment in tearing down these old homes, filling in the holes, learn about controlling asbestos, lead, and other hazardous materials from demolition found in older homes, safety precautions, etc. What better laboratory for learning real-life skills in a controlled environment?