3/7 Interview with Arthur Edge, Supervisor for Dangerous Buildings

We knew many people were curious who was in charge of demolishing abandoned houses in the neighborhood, so we talked to Arthur Edge of BSEED (Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environment Department).

Mr. Edge was adamant on answering our questions and telling what it’s like to work as a supervisor of demolition. This included difficult parts and scary stories of finding things in abandoned houses, and also positive parts like when neighborhood residents are grateful when a dangerous building is destroyed.

“I am responsible for the blight that is here in our city and I want to make a difference as far as making it safe for residents, for young people like you.”

“Right now the city is probably demolishing around 4000 buildings a year.”

“You can do anything, don’t let anything hold you back. I want to see you go to the top and be whatever you want to be.”

(Blog Post by T.H)

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