We at Abandoned Philadelphia have known for years what the rest of the community is picking up on. Finally, the City kicks in some resources:
Tens of thousands of abandoned properties and vacant lots stretch across Philadelphia. Counts vary, but recent studies estimate at least 40,000 such properties, 75 percent of which belong to private owners — often delinquent on taxes and bills, often missing in action. In some cases, the owners might be dead or unwitting heirs. But others are slumlords and prospectors, whose game is to sit on these properties for as long as it takes to make a buck on them, while their properties attract crime, accumulate trash and fuel the spread of further blight.
Blight Fight: L&I prepares to hunt down absentee owners. | PlanPhilly: Planning Philadelphia’s Future.