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As everyone in Braddock knows, a number spray painted on a building indicates that it has been marked for demolition. Some are houses, others are buildings that held businesses that have long passed. The only question is when it will be taken down.

Of course, there is a financial cost in removing a building, just as there is in creating one, and at a time when money is tighter than it has been in the past, these numbers could remain for a long time.