blight·​ed | \ˈblī-təd \

Definition of blighted 

1 botany : affected with blight (see blight entry 1 sense 1) a blighted plant This pathogen causes blighted flowers, heavy leaf spotting, and the death of young, green shoots.— Elsie Cox

2 : in a badly damaged or deteriorated condition a blighted landscape a blighted city … the physicians who work here in some of the nation's most blighted neighborhoods …— Malcolm Gladwell

3 : made ineffectual : defeated or frustrated blighted dreams At every point we are confronted with shattered promises, blighted hopes, irreconcilable dilemmas, good intentions gone astray …— Gertrude Himmelfarb

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Even when millions of dollars in public money were allocated, blighted West Side communities were still left with close to nothing. Chicago Tribune, "RAGE, RIOTS, RUIN," 1 Apr. 2018 Milhaus is seeking assistance from the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority, which provides incentives for projects in areas deemed blighted. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Mixed-use project planned for East Crossroads would be ‘largest’ to date | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Crop One Holdings, a San Jose, Calif., farming company seeking to upend the industry with hydroponics and space-efficient growing, was approved Monday to purchase a Homestead Avenue property for $250,000 that has stood blighted and vacant for years. Matthew Ormseth,, "Hartford Council Approves Sale Of Blighted North End Property, Tax Agreement For Hydroponics Company," 10 July 2018 Foxtown would redevelop what is now a blighted site, according to the city Department of Community Development report. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mequon's Foxtown brewery, housing project could get $4.5 million in city financing," 4 June 2018 The defunct program allowed cities to funnel local property taxes into blighted areas. Tony Bizjak And Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "Sacramento approved 5,500 housing units. Less than 100 were for low-income residents," 5 July 2018 In 2016, the governor, along with Baltimore’s mayor, announced a $700 million program to raze blighted buildings in the city to make way for reinvestment. Lynh Bui, Washington Post, "Crime in Baltimore weighs heavily in Md. governor’s race," 4 June 2018 Mayor Mike Duggan made waves shortly after he was elected in 2013 by embarking on an effort to tear down 40,000 blighted buildings in neighborhoods. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit contractor faces suspension after demolishing wrong house," 16 May 2018 The village bought this 1.3 acre site on the south side of Metra’s Rock Island tracks in 2014, demolished a blighted building there, and still has plans to redevelop this corner in the future, according to assistant administrator Kirk Zoellner. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Mokena holds lottery for new commuter parking spaces," 24 Apr. 2018

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1665, in the meaning defined above

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