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Washington County commissioners launch program to tackle blight

Washington County is creating a program to help tackle blight with the help of up to $12 million in federal pandemic recovery stimulus funds.

The commissioners voted unanimously to approve an agreement between county officials, Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington and the Washington County Land Bank to initiate the countywide blight program.

Read by full article by Mike Jones on the Observer-Reporter website ⇒

Eradicating blight can boost quality of life, economic development

There are now 16 million abandoned or vacant properties in the United States, according to data released last year from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Whether it’s a house or a shopping center, they are sitting unused mostly due to shifts in the economy or changes in consumer habits. One observer noted that it’s not so much that some places are overbuilt, but they are underdemolished.

Read by full editorial on the Observer-Reporter website ⇒

Read by full editorial on the Herald-Standard website ⇒