February 11, 2009

Negligent Landlords/Problem Tenants

Maybe I wasn’t so far off when stating Moore’s next step after the Howard Street Initiative should be a Slumlord Summit. A reader sent me the following link about how another city is proposing to deal with negligent landlords in troublesome areas.

"What we see are public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, drug activity, as well as gun violations," said public safety aide Maria Bethel.

Note the issues mentioned in the video – do they sound familiar? Joe could take this concept to city hall and start filling the budget gap taxpayers are expected to fill. We’re just one problem area in a whole city.

Rather than being progressive and having safe neighborhoods in Rogers Park, we've gotten the divisive 'those owners versus those poor renters' garbage. There are plenty of good tenants who are intimidated by troublesome tenants, negligent owners and/or management lacking the skills to manage buildings.

2 comments:

mcl said...

In writing..."Moore’s next step after the Howard Street Initiative should be a Slumlord Summit", you seem to imply that Moore had something to do with initiating the 'Howard Street Initiative'. He had nothing to do with implementing the HSI, anymore than being responsible for the new firehouse being build. Let's only give credit where credit is due. With that in mind, we CAN thank him for the e-mail poof announcing the HSI.

Toni said...

> you seem to imply that Moore had something to do with initiating the 'Howard Street Initiative'.

MCL - perhaps that is the way you chose to interpret my writing. Moore didn't initiate anything concerning safety NOH, not February 1 or ten years ago. I knew about it before his big 'e-mail poof'. Yet have we seen a positive announcement about the Community Center? Or transparency with those zoning minutes? The list of things not done is endless.

Stick to the thought, the content of the post - its about holding irresponsible landlords accountable for problem tenants.
Basta.