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Homes slide into Tampa history

Nov 26, 2016 - Tampa Bay Times

By Christopher O'Donnell

Times Staff Writer

TAMPA - Martha Mills sat on her front porch enjoying the late fall sun, a cat and a cactus for company. That spot was once her window on the world, where the 61-year-old could catch up on neighborhood gossip at North Boulevard Homes, a West Tampa public housing complex.

Now, every house within view is empty and boarded up.

"It's not lonely, but it's sad," she said. "Everybody gone."

As recently as 2015, the sprawling 44-ac...