Children play in Old Hawthorne neighborhood

May 18, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Whitney Nichols, left, baby-sits for Kate McGaughey, 6, and Jeff McGaughey, 8, on April 23 at the McGaugheys' home in the Old Hawthorne neighborhood. The upscale community off Route WW in east Columbia was included in a blight designation approved by the Columbia City Council on Feb. 6. The council has since rescinded that decree, which was based on 2000 census data.

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