• Russell

    What about commercial properties? Specifically on Shaw Blvd., there are a number of commercial properties that are absolute eye sores. Some are abandoned (or at least appear to be), and some are in use (corner markets and such). While I think it’s unfair that a struggling business be forced to do major renovations that perhaps they cannot afford, a fresh coat of paint and general cleaning and maintenance can be cheap and easy, and can go a long way in making our neighborhood look and feel nicer and even safer (to your point above). Most of the complaints I think that could be lodged about these places could probably not be police-call worthy, but certainly deserve attention. In most county neighborhoods, warnings and fines would be issued for lack of attention to upkeep of your property – commercial or residential, even if it’s not a “nuisance” or safety issue. What can be done about the commercial properties in Shaw that have such negative aesthetic appeal?

    June 29, 2012
  • Bill

    For both commercial and residential property, another course of action is to contact the Citizen’s Service Bureau. Broken windows, peeling paint, damaged trim, tall grass, litter, loitering, derelict cars, open storage, standing water and many other items can allow various city departments to take action.

    June 29, 2012
  • The_Other_Bill

    The problem from my perspective (a homeowner on Shaw near nuisance properties and an eyesore corner store) is that there’s a huge gap between technically illegal and utterly unpleasant. We’ve set the bar too low. If you pass with a D+, you can graduate into blissfully ignorant property ownership in Shaw, and there’s nothing anybody can do about it.

    July 02, 2012

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