"As property owners run into trouble paying their mortgages, neighborhoods around New York City have been witnessing a disturbing consequence: Small and large apartment buildings are being abandoned in a state of disrepair, leaving tenants in limbo without basic services or even landlords," reports Manny Fernandez and Jennifer 8. Lee.
"In the Bronx, anybody can walk into a four-story building on East 178th Street near the Cross-Bronx Expressway. Someone took the front door off the hinges and sold it for scrap metal. Drugs have been sold out of vacant apartments."“'A nightmare,' said Cesar Guzman, 29, who lives in the building. 'I can’t describe it as anything else.'”
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
If you can abandon it here, you can abandon it anywhere
Dan Kildee and the shrinking city concept continue to get coverage in the national media, including USA Today and NPR. With his expertise in abandoned property, perhaps Kildee can give New York City some pointers: