Louisville plans to remove unsightly plywood on vacant homes

Before and after showing the difference between a plywood board-up, and clearboarding (Credit: SecureView)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A plan to improve the appearance of some vacant homes in Louisville will replace boarded-up windows with clear acrylic coverings.

The city calls it "clear boarding." The plan focuses on homes where vandalism and drug abuse has been a problem.

Metro Council has set aside $550,000 for the clear-boarding project. Metro Council member Barbara Shanklin says the clear material costs a little more, but it can improve the look of a neighborhood where there are one or two boarded-up homes.

Shanklin says it could also cut down on theft and other crimes.

Shanklin told WDRB-TV the city will continue an effort to demolish vacant properties in the worst-hit areas.

There are about 5,000 abandoned homes in Louisville.

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