Take a look at this compelling story from Youngstown, Ohio (via CNN)
Detroit is the poster child for urban decay butYoungstown's population has also dropped more than 50% since the 60's and it is filled with abandoned buildings. Youngstown is a couple years ahead of Detroit in a similar plan to consolidate neighborhoods, pull down thousands of abandoned buildings, and focus upon building a smaller, better city than dreaming of restoring the past.
Meanwhile, Fr. Greg Maturi, OP is taking direct action. When an elderly couple were shot just outside St. Dominic's in September (the husband died and the wife had her leg amputated) it was the final straw.
Fr. Maturi is working with Youngstown's mayor in Operation Redemption:
Operation Redemption. The initiative is simple but aggressive - battle the recent violence by tearing down the abandoned homes that have become havens for criminal activity, then hope to stem the tide of residents fleeing the city.
To those who told Father that he has made himself a target through his activism, his response was simple: "This is what a priest does."
What do you think of Fr. Maturi's response?