“There goes the neighborhood,” The Gazette’s editorial board writes in an editorial published Sunday.
“It’s usually a punch line. But some Cedar Rapids residents are living it,” the editorial states. “On an otherwise quiet, well-kept residential street, one or two properties have persistent problems. Maybe it’s trash or peeling paint or major structural issues that need to be addressed. Perhaps the police have been called multiple times. It could be loud dogs, loud music, broken windows or perpetually un-shoveled walks.
“In time, those problems, left unresolved, can change a neighborhood, redefining how its residents and outsiders perceive it. In the worst cases, those isolated problems spread, and change more than perceptions.”
“The council is actually moving on two tracks,” the editorial says. “The first involves major changes to municipal code Chapter 22, which deals with nuisance properties. At its core, the plan involves coordinating the nuisance property duties of several city agencies, including the police, animal control, housing, code enforcement, zoning and solid waste.
“And although much of the debate over the changes has centered on rental properties, the changes would apply to every residential property in the city, including owner-occupied homes.”
Read the editorial linked above for more details. What do you think? Is the city on the right track with proposed changes in nuisance property and housing code ordinances?