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Number of blighted buildings in double digits

April 17, 2013

Sixty-five properties are considered to be blighted in the city. That was the update provided Tuesday morning by Joseph Gerardi, codes administrator, to the city blighted properties review committe....

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JohnMBower

Apr-18-13 1:41 PM

@thepaycheck - I don't mean to imply that every house on that list should have a gang of volunteers, or that we should help the slumlords of the city, just that there may be a person or two who needs help that the community would be happy to provide. That's what 'community' means. Are you the sort of person who sees a family lose their home in a fire and says "screw them, their family can help them out" or the sort who gathers your unneeded clothes and blankets? I happen to be of the second group and I'd be willing to help an owner/occupant who truly needs a hand to get up to code and keep their home.

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thepaycheck

Apr-18-13 10:45 AM

If my parents or grandparents were living in a run down home, i would take care of it. It's not the public's responsibility, it's the family's. I've never seen an area with such run down rentals too. No self pride in some of these residents/lessor's.

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spike2

Apr-17-13 8:04 AM

Publish please.

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wwhickok

Apr-17-13 7:37 AM

I agree 100% with you Mr. Bower. The list needs to be available to us, perhaps those of us willing, can help. Isn't it better to repair and restore than rip down and replace?

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Galumph

Apr-17-13 6:43 AM

Looks to me like they just lowered the bar for what's blighted.

I agree with Mr. Bower, publish the list

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JohnMBower

Apr-17-13 6:34 AM

Publish the list. Perhaps some of them are owned by elderly residents and the community can come together and help them get the repairs they need to be safe.

Without the actual list, there's always the suspicion that their main reason for being declared blighted is that they are in the way of developers.

As a community, there are things we can and should do to help our neighbors who truly need it.

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