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Letter: Tough property ordinance needed


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Many hurrahs to Judy Jackson, Cheryl Nulph and The Republic’s editorial board for their incisive and forceful words about the condition of certain downtown properties.

I have lived in an older neighborhood for many years.

I love the charm of old homes, the tree-lined streets and sidewalks and the convenience of living within walking distance of the library and the downtown shops and restaurants that I patronize.

Over the past several years, however, I have been dismayed by the deteriorating condition of many properties in my neighborhood and in other neighborhoods surrounding downtown.

Between the junk cars, the abundance of litter blowing from yard to yard, and the overflowing trash cans, much of the area has become an eyesore. I understand the need for affordable housing in our community, and I applaud residents and landlords who work hard to be good neighbors.

However, I have no sympathy or tolerance for those landlords who, because of absence or apathy, abdicate responsibility for their properties.

We need ordinances with teeth in them so that all of our community looks inviting and livable. Junk cars, trash and litter might make us “unexpected, unforgettable,” but not in a good way.

This letter was received Dec. 17 from Cindy McMillin of Columbus.

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