Housing and deteriorating properties were an issue in the last two city elections and lawmakers are pledging to do something about it, including a long awaited proposal from Councilman Jennings for a landlord registration law, and increased rehabilitation programs.
The latter has resulted in many improved homes, but with an old housing stock the results are often masked by other problems.
Recently several blighted properties were eliminated by something Council had nothing to do with. The Mercy project results in several adjacent clunkers being torn down by COR Development.
Actually efforts to deal with this have gone on for years, including initiatives like the demolition of Cloverdale and a smattering of in-fill projects, among other efforts.
It is largely a perennial challenge as the economics of these old structures usually don't support rehabilitation, however some of the Council initiatives like pushing banks on foreclosure properties could be helpful.