Like many urban cities in recent years, Dayton still finds itself knee-deep in abandoned, dilapidated properties as the result of the foreclosure crisis and economic downturn five years ago.
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What do you think? What is the solution for the city’s abandoned property issue? Do you live next to an abandoned property? How has it impacted your life?
Lindsey Gruen — ….When we have a growing homeless population, and this many empty foreclosed homes just sitting on the market that no one is purchasing and the bank would rather raze and let be an empty lot than have a family be safe and housed, is there not a strong disconnect in society?
Doug Alexander — How about offering a house to any UD graduate willing to settle in Dayton. More college grads in the area would help.
Brad Clark — I’d like to see the city revive the $1 house lottery they used to have in the 1980s. For $1, people could get a home and were required to bring it up to code within a certain amount of time, and then live in it for so long. I think that would attract some DIY types back to the city. There are a lot of great houses that just need some TLC and elbow grease.
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