Many thanks to the Post Standard’s Urban Affairs editor Maureen Sieh for writing the real story on vacant houses in our neighborhoods: the fact that their number is growing and that they endanger our neighbors. Thanks also to video/photo guy Peter Chen for filming it, as well!
I am happy to see this article, and participated more than I usually like to, because I have been on a crusade to roll back the false impression that a prior Post Standard article gave about vacant houses in our neighborhoods. In February of 2008, the Post-Standard featured a story on the front page of the Sunday paper entitled “Nobody’s Home.” The article was a puff piece on the alleged progress that the Driscoll administration had made on dealing with the large volume of vacant houses in the city.
The article led me to post a rebuttal entitled : “On Vacant Houses In Syracuse.” I think that this new coverage does the trick, erasing the false information contained in that article.
Our reward? More work! Now we have to create a Land Bank, toughen up Code Enforcement, create a vacant house maintenance ordinance. It never ends. But at least the truth’s out there!