blight·​ed | \ ˈblī-təd How to pronounce blighted (audio) \

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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The move away from demolitions has some concerned, particularly because most of the remaining blighted properties are concentrated in East Side neighborhoods and suburbs. Jordyn Grzelewski,, "After 10 years and 8,000 demolitions, Cuyahoga Land Bank shifts focus to rehabs," 23 June 2019 Aurora should get another $250,000 from a state program to fight blighted properties in neighborhoods. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora in line for more funding from state to fight blight," 14 June 2019 Police Chief James Craig believes the women could have been lured into blighted houses, raped and killed. Fox News, "Person of interest in custody in women's deaths in Detroit," 8 June 2019 On Monday, however, Azran and Alon, alongside two architects and an attorney, shared renderings and a $50 million proposal for the sprawling campuses, which have sat vacant and blighted since the Philadelphia School District closed them in 2013. Caitlin Mccabe,, "A first look at Germantown High School’s redevelopment, including housing, a charter school, and coworking space," 4 June 2019 The hotel in the business park near Front Street and Interstate 435 was closed in 2016 and became blighted. Robert A. Cronkleton And Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Implosion brings down the former Park Place Hotel in Kansas City," 24 June 2018 In this case a great company wanted to be there and was ready to offer solid jobs in a blighted area, and New York punches the gift horse in the mouth! Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Readers React to Amazon’s New York Reversal," 14 Feb. 2019 According to his LinkedIn page, Schellenger also founded Helping Hands Philadelphia, a nonprofit that works to restore blighted properties around the city., "Philadelphia developer stabbed to death near Rittenhouse Square," 13 July 2018 The stark economic divide between city centers and the blighted suburbs at their edges, known as banlieues, is also working against Mr. Macron. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Protests Threaten Macron’s Campaign to Remake France," 9 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of blighted

1665, in the meaning defined above

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