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What happens when you don't know who owns the land?

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

The City of Shreveport has stepped up its crackdown on property standards violations.  But what if, you don't know who owns the land.  That's a problem one Shreveport homeowner faced.  Her concern was this empty lot on Kennedy Drive in Shreveport's Forest Oaks Neighborhood.  All that's there is a barricade and a gate.  The grass is cut and the lot is far from being an eyesore.  But it's what you can't see from the road that's causing concern.  At the back of the property there is an area of brush and tree limbs.  And that's the first thing Bobbie Wright sees when she comes out of her back door.  She says, "At first, I wasn't too concerned about it.  It was kind of like protection. But then when West Nile Virus scare came up, I became interested in who it belongs too and who needs to cut it."  So a month and a half ago she began making calls to city departments.  Wright kept hitting dead ends until a code enforcement inspector got on the case.  The problem was, city officials had to determine who owned the property.  Come to find out, it's the city.  This parcel of land is adjudicated property.  No one bought it at  two tax sales held in the early 1980's.  Public works crews started cleaning up the debris on Thursday.

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