With the number of vacant houses in Hannibal approaching or surpassing the triple digit mark by some estimates, how can city government keep up?

With the number of vacant houses in Hannibal approaching or surpassing the triple digit mark by some estimates, how can city government keep up?

The unveiling of a multi-year project by the city will soon see dozens of additional properties added to the city's demolition list — a list which already has more than 20 properties on it. “Housing's Death Row” — a series by the Courier-Post — will explore how houses dilapidate to the state many are in, what has been done, what will be done about it in the future, and various other issues connected to the topic.

One story per day will be published in the Courier-Post.

Click on the links below to read the series as it appears online.

Part 1: Vacant houses a sizable problem in Hannibal

Photo list: What properties are on death row now?

Part 2: Demolition process is very deliberate

Part 3: City undertaking another attempt at dealing with vacant houses

Part 4: Building Commission must make difficult decisions

Part 5: Out of town property buyers frequently get burned