Marks the Spot?
Explaining the Red “X” that has been appearing on abandoned buildings.
Residents have been concerned about the Red “X”’s that have been appearing on vacant homes around the city. No one was certain of what the x’s meant, and there were questions as to whether the 6th Ward would become filled with vacant lots from an aggressive demolition program. In fact, the X is a sign from the Department of Buildings to let first responders know that a building is vacant. The X has nothing to do with a building‘s status in demolition court. Alderman Sawyer does not support mass demolitions of buildings that can be saved, and he is working with interested parties to get homes back on the market.