We truly have an issue with abandoned properties in our core city and inner ring suburbs and not enough resources to truly deal with the problem. The City of Cleveland as steadily increased its demolition budget, but we still can't get pace with the number of abandoned properties.
They are not only visually unappealing but pose safety and security threats to our neighborhoods as well. Boarding up homes helps, but only serves as a minor deterrent. We dont have enough police to watch all the homes. I guess the best thing we can do is to band together as a community and police ourselves. See something Say something is the old mantra right? An engaged community is a strong deterrent, that's what made neighborhood block groups so popular. So how do we institute something of this nature in neighborhoods where there are few residents left?