Mathew J. Samsa


The dangers posed by abandoned and vacant properties present a matter of primary concern for municipalities, especially in older, industrial cities. Addressing these issues requires innovative methods and long-term planning. This Note examines the methods of attacking abandonment. Part II, describes the problems presented by abandoned and vacant housing. Part III examines the effectiveness of code enforcement and traditional tax foreclosure. Part IV analyzes privatized nuisance abatement suits and receiverships. Part V discusses land banks. Part VI argues that using broadly empowered privatized nuisance abatement suits for individual parcels and land banks for mass acquisitions is the most effective means of addressing abandoned property, and Part VII concludes with a brief review of the overall abandonment discussion.

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