Pennsylvaniaâ€™s city mayor has posted an online â€˜ â€˜ which exposes owners who have neglected their properties. This online â€˜wall of shameâ€™ will show photos of blighted properties along with their addresses.
The blighted properties addresses are listed along with the owners name in hopes that owners will take notice and fix their properties. If owners ignore the online â€˜wall of shameâ€™ and continue to neglect their properties, those properties could possibly be demolished.
Mayor McMahon said, â€œWe are ramping up our focus on irresponsible property owners that are bringing blight into our city neighborhoods. For 2010, we have 60 properties â€¦ and 10 of them have been formally brought into the process to be designated as blighted properties.
â€œIf owners donâ€™t respond we will take every action necessary to remove the blight, including tearing properties down. I say this to owners of derelict properties in our city: you can run, but you cannot hide.
â€œThe whole world will know who you are and what you are doing to our neighborhoods and City. Make no mistake about it â€” we are coming after you.â€
WOW! What can one say about that! There are already online â€˜walls of shameâ€™ such as online lists which name sexual predators, john and prostitutes, and prison inmates but this is certainly a unique listâ€¦ is it right though?
Have these owners broken any laws which require this public online shaming? What do you think? Is this online wall of shame necessary and is it right? Though this kind of shaming seems extreme, it maybe the motivation neglectful owners need to get their properties in order.
*** * *** * ***
Â© Evalynn Turner - August 2010