I would be the first to say some areas are pretty dirty. It is an embarrassment and some are a health hazard. To me, (some) people just don't care how they live. This is where pride and respect should come into the picture.
Folks should take care of their properties, but when you live in an area where there is more than one's share of drug activity (cleaning up the property is not the first one these folks' lists), it is very difficult for property owners to take care of their property.
I am sure the city needs more money to pay for the old building they have purchased for the purpose of making new office space for the betterment of our town. Where was the reasoning when purchasing the Marting's building and Adelphia building?
The city had money to get a better building for city offices, and because of very poor judgment they messed up. I guess, like everything else, the citizens have to take care of their business, plus bail out City Council.
The city could have had the old N&W building where our new jail now sits. They turned that down.
They purchased the AEP building, worked on it, and sure, they got the inside straightened up, but where can you park to go pay your water bill?
They replaced roofs on buildings that are not in use rather than replacing roofs on the ones that are in use.
I know of a few things that need to be done on my own property, and like the city, that is in progress, but there is no trash laying around for rats and roaches.
So what is the real reasoning behind the crackdown? Cleaning up the town, paying for others' mistakes or making a candidate look bad before election day?