Daniel James Brown decided to adapt his book after an increasing number of young people told him they loved the story.
Like many cities, Buffalo, New York, is facing a glut of abandoned homes and lots. There are roughly 16,000 vacant lots and 4,500 vacant homes throughout the city.
Instead of tearing the homes down, city officials are selling them for $1. They’re calling it the Urban Homestead Program. The program requires that residents have the ability to make necessary repairs, and commit to living in the home for at least three years.
Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks to Mike Puma, who bought one of the homes and is fixing it up.