Updated January 19 at 12:28am
this week's poll

Do you support the proposed Providence ordinance creating fees and fines for vacant properties?

Yes, it's an incentive to keep properties from falling into disrepair. 79% | 73 votes
No, it could limit lending in affected neighborhoods 18% | 17 votes
I don't know 2% | 2 votes

The Providence City Council is expected next month to consider the Abandoned Property Registration, Security and Maintenance ordinance, which strengthens local efforts to fix up so-called nuisance properties. The ordinance would be the first of its kind in the state if approved. It would create a series of fees and fines designed to prevent residential properties from staying vacant or falling into disrepair.

Commercial properties are not covered under the proposal.

Supporters say it creates a financial incentive for property owners not to let buildings fall into disrepair. Others worry the ordinance could slow the foreclosure process and affect lending in hard-hit neighborhoods.

What do you think?


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