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As an alternative to demolition, Buffalo offers homes for a dollar
As an alternative to demolition, Buffalo offers homes for a dollar

The breeze carries the tinny jingle of the approaching ice cream truck, so Mike Puma leaves the railing he's painting on his two-family, electric-blue home to buy a milkshake. He pays more for the shake than he did his entire home. Of course, when he bought this home for $1 this year, it had a demolition notice on the door, walls the consistency of a Three Musketeers bar and mold coating the ceilings. But Puma, 24, feels that he got a bargain. Plus, he takes pleasure in knowing that this century-old house will not be torn down. "We're reintroducing new life into these properties," he said. "Not only are you taking a stand against demolition, but you're...

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