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A Dying Neighborhood in Memphis

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On the block of Hazelwood Road in Memphis, Tennessee, where Rebecca Black used to live, 17 out of 30 parcels have either been completely reclaimed by nature or have houses that sit empty. Five of the 15 parcels on her side of the street were abandoned after the recession ended, public records show. Many of the deserted properties are still legally owned by the mortgage borrowers. Nine of the properties are behind on taxes owed to the city or county governments, or both, public records show.

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Hazelwood Rd.
Arkansas
Tennessee
Memphis
Mississippi
Home prices in South Memphis meager
compared to the rest of the city
Median home sales price, in thousands of dollars,
since end of recession in June 2009
Memphis
South Memphis
Sept. 2012
$90,500
$12,250
120
100
80
60
40
20
0
2009
2010
2011
2012
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762
758
752
748
742
738
730
718
714
698
692
690
747
743
719
703
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Sources: Shelby County Assessor of Property, Shelby County Register of Deeds, Memphis Area Home Sales Reports

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