Blighted Buildings Task Group

Welcome to the “Blighted Buildings and High Rates of Vacancy” Task Group page. Attached to this page is an example(s) of our review. Please evaluate the report and submit your own example for our year-end report. What are the innovative ways to deal with the high rates of vacancy? Blighted buildings indicate neglect to neighborhoods. For instance, the City of Philadelphia has a new ordinance that requires the use of windows and doors where there is an 80% occupied block face, locating owners through the use of the Internal Revenue Service database (Lexus Nexus). What tools exist from liens to extradition?

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Chair: Michael Maenner

Co-Chair: Elizabeth Scanlan

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