Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Fighting blight with SHAME (and fines)

You may be shocked to learn that in a city with some of the most expensive real estate in the country, there are numerous dilapidated and run-down houses. Thanks to a change in state law, the City of Stamford can begin to directly address these derelict structures. Here's the Advocate article.

On top of fines and the City's new ability to use blight funds to fix derelict properties, the other tool in this battle is a
public list of blighted properties! Take that, absentee landlords and property owners! Shame: it's not just for dinner anymore.

Now if only they could use the blight ordinances against the owners of The Hole...

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