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One Atlanta City Councilman has big hopes for conservatorship as a means to force owners of vacant, blighted properties to do something with them — and he wants the idea brought before state legislators pronto. The proposal would allow court-appointed third parties to take control of ghost houses and rehab them, with current owners getting first crack at buying them. It would supplant measures the city can use now — issuing tickets or bulldozing houses that are true hazards — but not everyone's 100 percent sold. [Creative Loafing]