Brad Cairns (right), owner of Signature Wood Systems, and Bobby Lewis, a manager at Allmoxy,
Klein's group says that while plywood has been the standard material for boarding vacant and abandoned properties for decades, but it also has become a stigmatizing symbol of community blight. Plywood announces that a building is vacant and abandoned, and sends a distress signal of a neighborhood in trouble.
In making the case against plywood, Klein says it can be easily removed, extending an open invitation to vandals and squatters. It often must be replaced three times or more. Plywood boarded properties are a safety hazard, Klein says, and presents hazards to first responders, preventing them from seeing inside when arriving on the scene.
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