This afternoon, a meeting will be convened to discuss demolishing 168 houses spread throughout the city with the Hardest Hit Blight Elimination Program. Most of these houses sit in area about 2-4 miles from downtown in Center Township, making it an almost complete circle of disinvestment:
An organization known as Stop the Demolitions, Indianapolis has come forward with a much better idea. Instead of using precious resources to take properties off of our tax rolls and adding yet more grassy lots, we should instead be encouraging investment in these properties. Fortunately, the city has some intriguing ideas out there, including letting public safety officers living in previously abandoned homes for free after they have been renovated.
Any other ideas for encouraging neighborhood redevelopment would be welcome here, and I would be happy to share them with the Stop the Demolitions group. Indianapolis already has more than enough empty lots.