Syracuse Common Council Bob Dougherty recently went to a Planning Commission hearing to oppose an application to combine two lots into one. The application came from Syracuse Habitat for Humanity. Habitat builds homes for low income families--without taking a dime of government funding. However, Councilor Bob doesn't like the ranch houses that Habitat builds. He … Continue reading What A Dick Move!
Today, I attended a public Board of Directors meeting of the Greater Syracuse Property Development Corp., more informally known as the Land Bank. The Land Bank is foreseen as a way for the city and county to jointly manage the increasing number of vacant and abandoned buildings in our neighborhoods. These vacant houses have created … Continue reading Admitting There Is A Problem
Sean Kirst had an interesting post today about the need to preserve Syracuse's historic buildings from the wrecking ball. It's interesting because just yesterday I went with the members of the community organization for whom I organize to a hearing of the city of Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board. Our group went to the Board to … Continue reading Preservation v. Demolition
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 3221, the American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act by a final vote of 272 to 152. The Senate votes on their version on Saturday and President Bush has promised to sign the final combined bill. Bush had threatened to veto the bill due to its provision of providing … Continue reading Now That’s What I Call Housing Reform!