Decaying empty storefronts are popping up in downtowns across the Bay Area.
The boarded up stores from San Jose to Oakland have caused cities to try remedies from grants to punishments to redevelopment, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Reasons for the blight are many. Vast numbers of buildings were erected in the 1960s and ’70s as the Bay Area transformed from orchards to suburbs, and the cost of updating them deters owners and prospective tenants.
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