- Feb 27, 2002I heard about this story on the National on CBC.
Winnipeg recently passed legislation to combat urban blight, their focus
is on boarded up homes. The by-law orders property owners to attain a
permit to board up their homes. After a year passes the owners either
have to renovate the property or demolish it; otherwise the city claims
ownership and demolishes it or gives it to a community group. Winnipeg
city council is please to be the first in the country to enact such
But they are not actually combating urban blight, just covering up the
symptoms instead of attacking the problems. In my prediction, Winnipeg,
in a little more than a years time, will have a large district near the
city centre that will look like a bomb dropped on it, a barren landscape
of foundations. Why don't they instead study and look for solutions to
the city dynamic that drove out 350 households?
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