NEW YORK - Fraught with rotting, graffiti-covered buildings next to vacant, trash-ridden lots, the Morrisania and Grand Concourse areas of the South Bronx seem to confirm every stereotype of the hopeless condition of the inner city.

But by working with several local groups, Natwest Bank has helped renovate several of the most rundown buildings in these economically ravaged areas into bright, colorful homes.

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