Blight News and Information

In the News

  • December 20, 2012 – Argall to chair urban affairs committee in 2013 (Republican Herald)
  • December 20, 2012 – Sen. Argall to chair state Urban Affairs and Housing Committee (Standard Speaker)
  • December 18, 2012 – Argall to reconvene Pa. Blight Task Force to declare war on blight (Hamburg Area Item)
  • December 13, 2012 – ‘Slumlord tax’ price on blight (Republican Herald)
  • December 7, 2012 – EDITORIAL: Let’s make blight an expensive proposition (Towanda Daily Review)
  • December 6, 2012 – EDITORIAL: ‘Slumlord tax’ price on blight (Scranton Times-Tribune)
  • December 4, 2012 – Argall continues Rhoades’ fight (Times News)
  • December 4, 2012 – NEPA senator considers ‘slumlord’ tax bill (Citizens Voice)
  • December 4, 2012 – Senator considers ‘slumlord’ tax bill (Republican Herald)
  • December 4, 2012 – State senator will reconvene task force on blight (Berks Community Television)
  • October 29, 2012 – Land banks newest anti-blight tool (Republican Herald)
  • September 11, 2012 – Pottsville passes bill to fight blight issue (Republican Herald)
  • September 5, 2012 – Minersville blight fight continues with 3 properties set for demolition (Republican Herald)
  • April 4, 2012 – EDITORIAL: Erie needs innovative ideas to fight blight (Erie Times News)
  • March 27, 2012 – Council OKs tools for tackling blight (Reading Eagle)
  • March 19, 2012 – Opinion split on Schuylkill housing court (Republican Herald)
  • March 12, 2012 – Workshop provides residents with tools to fight blight(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • March 5, 2012 – EDITORIAL: The shame game: ‘Bad Neighbor’ a new approach to tackle slumlords (Philadelphia Daily News)
  • February 24, 2012 – Poorly kept Shenandoah properties could face citations (Standard Speaker)
  • February 22, 2012 – Attempt to remove blighted properties in city continue (Williamsport Sun-Gazette)
  • February 22, 2012 – Shenandoah considering the ‘SWEEP’ program (Republican Herald)
  • February 22, 2012 – EDITORIAL: Use land bank to fight blight (Republican Herald)
  • February 17, 2012 – Land bank bill newest anti-blight tool (Times-Tribune)
  • February 17, 2012 – Blighted properties targeted (Butler Eagle)
  • February 10, 2012 – Jeannette lacks funds to raze buildings (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
  • February 8, 2012 – City to crack down on dangerous buildings, mayor says (Reading Eagle)
  • February 4, 2012 – Mt. Pleasant landlords aim toward education (Mt. Pleasant Journal)
  • February 1, 2012 – Allentown mayor offers blight advice (Standard Speaker)
  • January 31, 2012 – New weapons to fight blight (Times News)
  • January 28, 2012 – United Neighborhood Centers learns about state blight tool (Times-Tribune)
  • January 27, 2012 – Anti-blight law was Argall’s top accomplishment (Berks Community Television)
  • January 26, 2012 – Board votes to buy 3 blighted properties (Reading Eagle)
  • January 22, 2012 – EDITORIAL: Neighborhood Blight Revitalization and Reclamation Act (Republican Herald)
  • December 15, 2011 – City weighs penalties on landlords (Sunbury Daily Item)
  • December 13, 2011 – Reading toughens rules for rentals (Reading Eagle)
  • December 7, 2011 – So big: Oil City blight campaign gaining, but city must ‘keep at it’ (The Derrick)
  • December 1, 2011 – Allegheny County communities hope to ‘Tear ‘em down!’ (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
  • December 1, 2011 – University of Pennsylvania study links vacant-lot cleanups, reduced gun crime (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • November 25, 2011 – Marple Commissioners approve blight reclamation ordinance (Delaware County Times)
  • November 4, 2011 – EDITORIAL: City ramps up pressure on blighted properties (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • November 2, 2011 – Philadelphia Mayor takes aim at vacant properties (HousingWire)
  • October 27, 2011 – L&I coming down hard on slumlords (Philadelphia Daily News)
  • October 27, 2011 – Philadelphia cracking down on owners of rundown properties (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • October 26, 2011 – Philadelphia steps up efforts against blight (WHYY)
  • October 26, 2011 – L&I coming down hard on slumlords (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • October 25, 2011 – Council’s goal to simplify blighted-property sales (Reading Eagle)
  • October 23, 2011 – Bankers in Susquehanna Township oppose abandoned-property registry (Patriot News)
  • September 25, 2011 – Mon Valley towns finding ways to rehab, redevelop blighted areas (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • September 18, 2011 – Clarksburg, W.Va., used low-interest state loan to demolish 300 homes (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • September 18, 2011 – Pittsburgh seeking new ways to keep up with number of vacant properties (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • September 17, 2011 – Easton officials weigh prospects of vacant, nuisance property program (The Express-Times)
  • September 16, 2011 – Pennsylvania to press Philly – again – to move on delinquent properties (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • August 28, 2011 – EDITORIAL: Act 90 a weapon in the blight fight (Johnstown Tribune-Democrat)
  • August 19, 2011 – Johnstown Officials Address New Law On Blighted Properties (WJAC-TV)
  • August 18, 2011 – Expert: New law holds hope for blight fight (Johnstown Tribune-Democrat)
  • July 20, 2011 – City Howl Help Desk: North Philadelphia resident battles owners of vacant properties (Philadelphia Daily News)
  • July 13, 2011 – Enter your shots of abandoned buildings into our photo contest (Patriot News)
  • July 7, 2011 – Landlords take pride owning city properties Blight battle enlists help (Butler Eagle)
  • May 20, 2011 – EDITORIAL: Legislature provides tools to help Reading fight blight (Reading Eagle)
  • May 4, 2011 – Fight against blight: new law attacks neglectful owners of property (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • April 18, 2011 – Blight guide developed for Schuylkill municipalities (Standard Speaker)
  • February 27, 2011 – Blight guide now available (Republican Herald)
  • February 25, 2011 – Argall promotes anti-blight guide (Times News)
  • December 15, 2010 – Neighborhood cleanup: Municipalities get upper hand on slumlords (The Patriot News)