Owners of blighted property shamed online
‘Make no mistake about it — we are coming after you,’ says mayor of Pa. cityFrom: www. msnbc.msn.com
EADING, Pa. — Owners neglecting their property in one eastern Pennsylvania city are getting an online shaming.
Reading Mayor Tom McMahon announced a new online “Wall of Shame” featuring blighted properties that he said would be torn down unless owners fix them up. The property owners’ names are posted along with pictures and addresses.
“We are ramping up our focus on irresponsible property owners that are bringing blight into our city neighborhoods,” McMahon said in a statement Monday after touring one property.
“For 2010, we have 60 properties … and 10 of them have been formally brought into the process to be designated as blighted properties,” he added. “If owners don’t respond we will take every action necessary to remove the blight, including tearing properties down.”
“I say this to owners of derelict properties in our city: you can run, but you cannot hide,” McMahon said. “The whole world will know who you are and what you are doing to our neighborhoods and City. Make no mistake about it — we are coming after you.”
Word of the Day
Main Entry: neigh·bor·hood
Date: 15th century
1 : neighborly relationship
2 : the quality or state of being neighbors : proximity
3 a : a place or region near : vicinity b : an approximate amount, extent, or degree <cost in the neighborhood of $100>
4 a : the people living near one another b : a section lived in by neighbors and usually having distinguishing characteristics
5 : the set of all points belonging to a given set whose distances from a given point are less than a given positive number; broadly : a set that contains a neighborhood
Blight: v. to impair the quality or effect of
Derelict: adj. abandoned especially by the owner or occupant
Neglect: v. to leave undone or unattended to especially through carelessness
Ramp: v. to speed up, expand, or increase especially quickly or at a constant rate
Shame: v. to cause to feel shame; make ashamed
Love those Phrasal Verbs!
Tear down: to pull down; destroy; demolish
- The City decided to tear down the old movie theater, there will be a mall in its place.