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Abandoned properties

The house down the street just (fill in the blank...)

blew up  scrap metal thieves or meth cookers are operating in your neighborhood

❒ caught fire

❒ is full of wild life a family of deer live in Cleveland Heights moving from the yards of one abandoned house to another.

❒ is full of squatters

❒ was rented to 10 people 

❒ purchased with drug money and forfeited upon conviction  (see Lima Story)

 Abandoned properties are a magnet for bad things to happen to neighborhoods.  What can communities do?
  • Board up and demolition programs
  • Code Enforcement (focus on house flippers)  See Youngstown's innovative enforcement
  • Control scrap metal reselling
  • Create block watch and snitch lines.

Demolition Grants from State of Ohio

Guerrilla Gardening
“Guerrilla gardening is urban gardening and food justice. It’s just this really cool mix,” says Emmy Gran, 25, who is teaching seed-bombing in a floppy sun hat at a recent Saturday morning workshop in the courtyard of Old City Green, a gardening store in Shaw. “But it’s controversial, too. If you see an abandoned, neglected lot and you decide to do something about it by planting vegetables and herbs, are you an occupier? It’s kind of radical, in some ways.”

Pop Up Retail Neighborhoods
Convert unused main street retail into entrepreneurial hubs of economic development.

Squatter Scams

It works like this. A shoeleather entrepreneur finds an empty two family house, moves in, and then rents out the upstairs. When a shut off notice arrives and the tenant calls the electric company, the tenant learns that the person who's been getting the rent is not the owner of the property!
Moral: Know who you're renting from!

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