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Vacant homes getting new life in US recovery

Ten years after housing crash, abandoned properties still scar many streets but some areas are seeing a resurgence

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Empty homes, with gray boards on the doors and windows, in Newburgh, New York.

Newburgh, United States

BOARDED-UP homes became a ubiquitous symbol of the US housing crash, with once-prosperous neighbourhoods left to decay as mortgage defaults soared and no new buyers emerged.

Some 10 years later, the national picture has improved and many places have boomed.

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