Codes enforcement is one of the tools of gentrification.  This section deals with the ways that abuse of power by private entities, as well as city, state, and federal authorities, can actually worsen the problems caused by gentrification. Instead of serving the citizens and residents of any given area, unnecessary and ineffective regulations are passed by mostly well-meaning people, then enforced inconsistently if at all, subject to corruption and favoritism and apathy at the discretion of the inspectors and the judges. One home is razed, while a building full of mold, bugs, fire hazards, and drug dealers is left in place. The only winners are the big developers and the City Council, who get to wallow in the shiny new tax dollars and incentives and abatements, which are the main drivers of “progress.” But what happens 20 years down the road? One step forward, three steps back…

 

 

From Mid-America Association of Real Estate Investors:

 

Vote No on Question 1: Healthy Homes