City Examining Abandoned Home Issue
(WIBC.com photo: Mike Corbin)
What should any city do about abandoned, boarded up houses and vacant lots?
That's the question the Indianapolis City-County Council is asking city residents. Councilman John Barth says the Community Affairs Committee is holding a public hearing on the issue this coming Monday evening. Barth says the city has been dubbed one of the "emptiest" cities in the nation. He says that refers to a significant number of vacant lots and building.
However, it's an issue in cities across America. Some young Indianapolis attorneys and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful have created a draft plan to address the issue. Barth says that plan will be unveiled Monday. Meantime, numerous people on the city's Westside says they think the city should either tear down old eyesores that lure vagrants and criminals or rehabilitate them and turn them into low cost housing for the homeless and disabled veterans.