06/08/2012 12:06 pm ET

Where Chicago's Vacant Homes Are

Ask Chester Wilson about abandoned houses in his part of town and he'll point you to five in a row on 104th Street between Wallace and Normal, next to Fernwood Park.

Around the corner from Mr. Wilson's house, near 121st and Laflin streets in West Pullman, sits a house still owned by a man 18 months after he died in it. Foreclosure is pending. The next-door neighbor cuts the grass, says Mr. Wilson, chief of staff for Ald. Carrie Austin, who represents the 34th Ward.

Vacant buildings are a common sight in the ward, which has more of them — 352 — than all but one ward in the city, the 17th, which includes Auburn Gresham and parts of Englewood, with 358, according to an analysis from the Chicago Department of Buildings.

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