The Daily Gazette
The Locally Owned Voice of the Capital Region
Advertisement
Promotions

Empty houses remain a big problem in Schenectady, but boarding them up also poses risks

Urban blight seen at 1018-1020 Willett St. in Schenectady where trees are growing from the first floor to the second floor.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Urban blight seen at 1018-1020 Willett St. in Schenectady where trees are growing from the first floor to the second floor.
  • FACEBOOK
  • TWITTER
  • GOOGLE+
  • LINKEDIN
  • PRINT
  • E-MAIL
Text Size: A | A

After earning the dubious honor of being one of the state’s emptiest cities, with one of the highest number of vacant houses, Schenectady officials are finally gaining traction in their fight against blight. But their first step may make the city look worse. To keep thieves from stripping everything of value inside, and to stop the homeless from starting fires for warmth that sometimes destroy the entire house, owners are being required to board up ...


You Must Log-In or Subscribe to Continue Subscription Offer Individual stories can be found and purchased from our Archives for $2.00

Advertisement

comments

hodgkinst
March 25, 2012
12:50 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

These officials are keen on using sledge hammers for finish carpentry.

cfield
March 25, 2012
6:57 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

Why don't city official address the real problem, non efficient government, high taxes, and influx of undesireables.

ajdjr73
March 25, 2012
9:06 p.m.

[ Flag Post ]

cfield, I have recently influxed and I do not consider myself, my wife and dog, undesireable. How do you define "undesireable"...is that a woman that you do not consider datable? Is it a man with an untrimmed beard? Is it a child who has buck teeth?

Advertisement