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    Antonio
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    Kind of surprising nobody brought up the Dispatch aricle about the 6,000 plus abandoned homes in the city and the millions of dollars Columbus is throwing at the problem.

    http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/02/26/vacant_homes.html?sid=101

    instead of hopscotching all over the place, Columbus should concentrate on a few select areas, stabilize it, then move onto to the next ones.

    Sell homes for a dollar if need be to Columbus city workers, tax incentives for real owners and not landlords.

    Demolish what is unfit and not fixable put in vegetable gardens for the neigborhoods.

    Clearly what the mayor has been doing is not working, you can’t win a battle attacking the entire problem at once. Select a target, surround it, capture it and then move on.

    If he does not change what he is doing, we will start to resemble Detroit on a wide scale.

    #431361

    cc
    Member

    Watch this forum…things are happening.

    #431362

    rory
    Participant

    I read this and I really wonder if you’ve lost five years in a bizarre alien abduction scenario and you’ve just been dropped, covered in some gel-like substance, like the stuff on SPAM, onto the Columbus Commons from the spacecraft. I mean, wtf, where have you been?!

    #431363

    cc
    Member

    I do think there are a lot of “hot” properties to be had. Maybe not across the street, but Columbus is rife with investment. If Wagenbrenners were not buying every WP property I think I might look there. They do have other issues to contend to. I thing 5th could end up like Hudson…

    #431364
    Chris Sherman
    Chris Sherman
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    Antonio wrote >>

    Sell homes for a dollar if need be to Columbus city workers.

    If he does not change what he is doing, we will start to resemble Detroit on a wide scale.

    You are absolutely clueless aren’t you? Come on admit it now…

    #431365
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Antonio wrote >>
    instead of hopscotching all over the place, Columbus should concentrate on a few select areas, stabilize it, then move onto to the next ones.

    You mean like this?

    http://www.homeportohio.org/buy/

    #431366

    Antonio
    Member

    Chris Sherman wrote >>

    Antonio wrote >>
    Sell homes for a dollar if need be to Columbus city workers.
    If he does not change what he is doing, we will start to resemble Detroit on a wide scale.

    You are absolutely clueless aren’t you? Come on admit it now…

    The program the mayor is running is, he is clueless. Thet even admit the problem is getting worse after spending millions of dollars.

    #431367

    Antonio
    Member

    Walker wrote >>

    Antonio wrote >>
    instead of hopscotching all over the place, Columbus should concentrate on a few select areas, stabilize it, then move onto to the next ones.

    You mean like this?
    http://www.homeportohio.org/buy/

    Nope, city should not be in the real estate market. Offer tax incentives and other reasons for people to buy these homes and fix them up themselves.

    #431368
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    The NoBo project on 21st Street was a pretty good incentive for me to want to buy a home nearby.

    #431369

    Columbus Housing Partnership is a private non-profit organization working to revitalize Central Ohio communities through its Homeport Programs. The Homeport Home Ownership Division developed North of Broad (NoBo) and is currently developing American Addition. For more information about Columbus Housing Partnership or its Homeport Programs, please visit: http://www.homeportohio.org.

    #431370

    News
    Participant

    Townships seek share of funds to demolish vacant homes
    By Quan Truong
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Monday November 21, 2011 7:13 AM

    Mifflin Township code-enforcement officer Steve Blake aimed his flashlight through the dark house. Past the hazy glass doors and cobwebs, a charred dwelling emerged from the dim light. The charcoal walls and melted siding are all that’s left of an arson four years ago intended to cover up an unsolved homicide on Melrose Avenue.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/11/21/program-to-help-raze-eyesores.html

    #431371

    News
    Participant

    Vacant Houses Plague Older Columbus Neighborhoods
    January 4, 2012
    by Tom Borgerding
    89.7 NPR News Managing Editor

    On Thursday, Columbus City council turns its attention to the growing list of abandoned and vacant properties in the city. Because of the housing crisis and the weak economy, some neighborhoods face what one city official calls ‘vacancy epidemic. At last count, Columbus city attorney Richard Pfeiffer identified 6,117 vacant houses in the city. That number has increased by more than 30% since 2006.

    READ MORE: http://beta.wosu.org/news/2012/01/04/vacant-houses-plague-older-columbus-neighborhoods/

    #431372

    News
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    Vacant houses swamping city
    By Mark Ferenchik
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Friday January 6, 2012 7:38 AM

    The message that Columbus officials gave last night on the crisis of vacant and abandoned homes plaguing city neighborhoods was clear: We don’t have enough money to solve this mess ourselves. So they’re asking neighborhoods for help.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/01/06/vacant-houses-swamping-city.html

    #431373

    News
    Participant

    Non-Profit Rebuilding Together Helps With Home Repairs
    January 16, 2012
    by Marilyn Smith
    89.7 NPR News Afternoon Host

    The Columbus city attorney recent declared the city has a “vacancy epidemic”. At last count Richard Pfieffer identified more than 6,000 homes that have been abandoned…900 of which will eventually be torn down. But one Central Ohio non-profit agency wants to nip the problem in the bud buy providing home owners with the tools and knowledge they need to keep their homes from falling into disrepair.

    READ MORE: http://beta.wosu.org/news/2012/01/16/non-profit-rebuilding-together-helps-with-home-repairs/

    #431374

    News
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    Cities seek help to bulldoze homes

    By Mark Ferenchik
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Sunday January 15, 2012 12:20 PM

    Ohio has more than 70,000 vacant and abandoned houses, and its cities don’t have the money to raze even the worst ones that pull down property values and attract criminals and squatters.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/01/15/cities-seek-help-to-bulldoze-homes.html

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