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Ald. Mell: Abandoned Chicago Buildings Are 'The Same Type Of Disaster' As Gulf Oil Spill

05/25/2010 06:42 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Foreclosed and abandoned Chicago buildings are "the same type of disaster as the BP oil slick" in Louisiana, a Northwest Side alderman said today, demanding a full-court press by city, state and federal officials and by banks that owned the buildings.

"It's not an exaggeration," said Ald. Richard Mell (33rd). "They're having the same devastating effect in communities and neighborhoods as the oil slick is."

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