Eyeing eyesores

Published 7:05 pm Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Finally, the eyesore is coming down. The old Lynch warehouse off Vada Highway is being torn down, and already, things are looking better.

The impact these eyesores such as this building have on our community—in terms of lost potential from industry or business, in terms of tourism and in terms of just plain, old ugly blight rearing its head—should have a substantially negative effect.

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The old warehouse has been an eyesore for some time, and hopefully the location will transform into a positive statement. But don’t stop there.

Look in neighborhoods where blight has set in. Look at how a web of poverty and crime have enveloped where one, then two, then three buildings were allowed to become eyesores.

The old Lynch warehouse should remind us that property owners need to be accountable for the condition and safety of their property, and that the first hints of blight need to be aggressively tackled.