Taking the Richmond Vacant Property Registry as a starting point, student journalist Maureen Link has pulled together a look at the impact of the high rate of vacant properties in the area:
“It’s not the urban issues that keep people away so much as the fabric is really destroyed in a lot of ways,” [he says]. “Sure people have the right to own property as a profit making venture but this is a community where people live. We’d have more kids in schools, more people buying stuff from our stores, restaurants…everything it would be better in every way if not for all these vacant properties.”
The story includes a devastating map of all of the properties on the Richmond Vacant Property Registry.