Comment 106585

By mel (registered) | Posted December 04, 2014 at 16:54:08

The problem with the Broken Window approach is that it requires good will with both carrots and sticks across many levels of our citizenry, from city officials to police to the voting public. It takes a strong commitment to stand up to absent/neglectful landlords and taxpaying citizens alike; those charged with enforcing such policies have to know that they have the full support of the public and not be swayed by those vocal few who don't want to bring their properties up to standard.

It's not just commercial properties that fall short...a walk in either direction from my East Hamilton home will reveal at least 1 out of every 10th home in desperate need of adhering to current property standards, let alone Broken Windows standards.

Not for the faint of heart.

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