Reading, PA Posts “Wall of Shame” for Blighted Properties
How would you like to own a home next to that? Fortunately for the neighbor with the neat, white chairs out front, the eyesore next door won’t last much longer because it made the Reading, PA mayor’s “Wall of Shame” list.
Derelict properties like the one above will face the wrecking ball under Reading Mayor Tom McMahon’s list, which cites abandoned properties that cause neighborhoods blight.
“I say this to owners of derelict properties in our city: you can run, but you cannot hide,” McMahon said. “As of today, you are on the “Wall of Shame‟ and the whole world will know who you are and what you are doing to our neighborhoods and City. Make no mistake about it – we are coming after you.”
This is not the first time a city has come down hard on owners of dilapidated properties. Detroit has implemented its own plan to demolish vacant, decrepit homes that attract crime, drugs, and violence, which in turns hurts surrounding home values.
See the homes on Mayor McMahon’s Wall of Shame list.
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