posted on May, 1 2015 @ 10:54 AM
a reply to: Greathouse
Population and wealth distribution absolutely is the crux of the entire urban decay issue. The primary tool that a city has in its warchest to fight
it is zoning laws. But there are secondary tools as well. I am not a fan of "imminent domain", but have no issue with someone who leaves a
building abandoned and decaying having the building ceased by the city for reclamation of value.
One way I have seen it done: you develop a historical commission (which is an evil unto itself, to be honest) that oversees coding of buildings in
the historical zone. Buildings with broken windows, non-functioning electricity, non functioning water...all can be actioned for being outside of the
code in the historical zone. The goal would be to make sure that no building is in a condition to put the other buildings at risk (fire code, etc),
all buildings are secured (reducing vagrants, etc), and that all buildings are in a condition for use ("the white box", or cleaned and ready to
lease for commerce).