D.C. Auditor Reveals Blight Enforcement Shortcomings

There's a surprising amount of vacancies and blight in the nation's capital, and District officials aren't doing everything in their power to address the challenge.
September 22, 2017, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The District could be losing millions in revenue from taxes and fines every year because of its failure to crack down on vacant and blighted properties," reports Peter Jamison.

That news come via a D.C. auditor's report released this week on the enforcement performance of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). "D.C. Auditor Kathleen Patterson, found that the city agency in charge of code enforcement did not strictly regulate unoccupied or derelict buildings, and frequently granted exemptions from those rules that did not appear to be justified," according to Jamison. The article includes a lot more of the detail of the auditor's report, and the causes and consequences of the DCRA's performance.

Add the problems at DCRA with the District's ongoing problem of "how to deal with decrepit buildings owned by foreign governments in the nation’s capital." A separate article by Jenna Portnoy details that only-in-D.C. blight challenge.

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Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in The Washington Post
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