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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The city of Buffalo has torn down thousands of vacant houses over the past several years. Now the mayor says the wrecking ball's being aimed at blighted commercial buildings.

Mayor Byron Brown says officials have identified 10 of the worst structures for demolition. The city has spent $1.2 million to bring down three of the buildings since the beginning of the year and two demolitions are about to start.

One structure about to come down was built 100 years ago and was a brass foundry in the 1940s and 1950s. The city says it's broken windows, chipped paint and unstable roof are pulling down the value of neighboring properties.

Brown says the goal of the commercial demolition effort is to stabilize and improve neighborhoods by removing blight.

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