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Side Streets: After 40 years condemned, Colorado Springs house may be ordered cleaned up by court

Weeds, stained and rotting plywood and rusty scaffolding surround the Joseph O'Brien house at 715 N. 24th Street as seen in this July 23, 2013, photo. It has been condemned since 1973, when Richard Nixon was president. It was "Exhibit A" in the campaign for a blight ordinance in 2006 to give Colorado Springs Code Enforcement more authority to combat decaying buildings. Bill Vogrin / The Gazette