On the Docket: Stabilizing Neighborhoods in Cleveland

Real estate speculators are being fined big bucks in Cleveland for letting properties sit vacant, but the jury's still out on whether this is the key to stabilizing neighborhoods.

While existing building and housing codes have been used with limited success to address Cleveland's vacant property problem, Judge Raymond Pianka, a city native who presides over the city's municipal housing court, is sending summonses to corporate officers' personal addresses and levying daily sanctions to get otherwise evasive, faceless corporate property owners to show up in court, writes Kermit Lind. And it's working.

Thanks to Matthew Brian Hersh

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