WHEN A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME
There are only a few residents left on Helen Street near downtown Lansing.
Out of 13 houses, seven are boarded up or red-tagged as unfit to live in. One is vacant but well-manicured. Neighbors say the owner stopped trying to rent it but keeps it up nice.
Another, 604 Helen, is fire-damaged with a tarp on the roof. The fire was two years ago, neighbors say.
There is a faded and weathered red tag on the screen door, but it’s not in the city online public database. Other houses on the street have changed hands and tenants often, but now sit empty and falling apart.
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