11/22/05

News from The Roanoke Times -Landlords put on the spot with new code

Allright - I don't usually laugh at City Council Meeting stories - but this one is hysterical, if only for the exchange between Darlene and Rupert: "Councilman Rupert Cutler noted that such tactics only move the problem around.

But if you cause people to move enough, they may get fed up and leave the area altogether, Burcham said."

I wonder if Rupert responded "Oh, yeah.. duhhhh." to that statement.

I kinda thought that was the whole point of Operation Broken Windows, you remember - the city had a whole meeting on that last month. Get them to leave. They have had enough time to change, now its time to box them up and ship them to Abu Dhabi or someplace like that.

But tearing down the house... thats downright hysterical. Nice to see that Roanoke is willing to bulldoze the crap outta a place to get rid of the scum element. Thats dedication. And then they bill you for it, just to rub lemon juice in the wounds.

Brilliant..

2 comments:

#1 said...

I'm not so sure about tearing down the buildings since a lot of this is going on in old historical houses, not that it would probably ever get that far. I would much rather see a forced sale at auction or tax value. That way you can still punish them without having to destroy the building. It's still a good thing that they are getting tough though.

RoanokeFound said...

Come on.. seriously. Your no fun sometimes.

Think about it, if the city can raze the house after much legal blah-blah, whose to say a neighbor can't molotov cocktail the place to save his tax dollars from being spent at the courthouse?

Personally, Im all for the harassment of those dopes with the dope. The "houses of ill repute" however, just put a large sign on the front lawn, "Free VD, inquire inside."