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WWL: Fighting Blight
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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Some cities around the state are getting serious about abandoned and rundown properties


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Some cities around the state are getting serious about abandoned and rundown properties.

Blight is an issue that every city deals with – abandoned homes or commercial properties that take up space, become safety hazards, and lower property values.

The state of Connecticut has taken initiative by passing a bill that creates a registration system to track ownership of blighted properties due to foreclosure and also allows municipalities to hold banks accountable to repair and maintain the properties.

The city of New Britain is getting “clean and lien”. If a blighted property owner ignores the city’s warnings, the city will clean and repair properties themselves, and of course send the bill right back to the owner.

But the word “blight” itself is loaded with the baggage of decades of failed urban renewal efforts.

Today, Where We Live, we’ll continue our series on housing, and look at what’s being done in Connecticut and beyond when it comes to getting rid of blight, and revitalizing our cities.


Listener Email from Phil

Good show. The last couple of minutes have made me squirm a bit as the conversation has drifted towards the concept that the property owner has a duty to provide the maximum revenue possible to the town. THis was the basis of the New London travesty (Keilo (sp?) v New London) and I reject the concept out of hand. It is the property owner's duty to observe code. Period. It is the community's responsibility to provide fire, police, road maintenance, etc. Planning the neighborhood is great, but it is also a delicate balance.