The dictionary defines the word as something that frustrates plans or hope. Here in Logansport, we know all too well about blight.
But fortunately, Mayor Ted Franklin knows about it as well. And like most of us, he doesn’t seem too fond of it.
But unlike most of us, he has the power to do something about it. And he’s putting that power to good use.
In a longtime-coming effort, city officials announced this week that three condemned properties will be torn down. One of them even has a tree growing inside it.
But it’s not just about these three properties. It’s about the effect their removal will have on the neighborhoods as a whole.
“This is contagious,” Franklin said last month. “When we clean up a property, the neighbors start cleaning up.”
We’re sure the houses coming down will be a welcome sight in their respective neighborhoods. We’re hopeful that the mayor is right, and we’ll see a revival of sorts starting to happen.
It’s a revival we hope to witness again when the city tears down the next seven condemned properties.
At one point, the city had up to 80 properties on its condemned list. Some found their way off that list and some are still trying, but there’s still a lot of weight pulling our city down.
We stand behind the mayor in his effort to lift that weight off our shoulders. And we know he’s right to think the city’s efforts will pay dividends. We stand to gain not only financially from increased property values, but also as a community.
People taking more pride in their property will help as a whole.
- THEIR VIEW: Littering shows disregard for surroundings Numbers tell a sad story about the disregard many Hoosiers have for their surroundings. Too many in Indiana don't care enough about the environment to prevent them from cluttering the countryside by carelessly tossing litter along the side of roadway
- WOLFSIE: High-tech got you down? I love where I bank. It's a branch inside of a big supermarket. I can make a modest withdrawal and then go and blow every last penny in the cookie aisle. The tellers at the window appreciate me. They know about my obsession with round numbers and und
- PETERS: Grizzly bear may help human medicine I've gained 5 pounds since last summer. My body mass index (BMI) is still fine, but I need to stop gaining to keep it that way. Grizzly bears put my weight gain to shame. In the late summer, they eat some 50,000 calories per day and gain more than 1
- THEIR VIEW: Lawmakers fail to act on the issue After several years of fretting over Indiana's ongoing methamphetamine problem, the Indiana General Assembly continues to struggle for a solution. The issue seems to come up every session, given that Indiana leader the nation in meth lab seizures. Bu
- WILLIAMS: Feelings of the flowers I took one of those fun tests on Facebook to see what kind of flower I am and lo and behold, it said I was an orchid! That is so wrong because I have always thought I was the exact opposite of an orchid. I'd characterize myself as a daisy. You know,
- HAMILTON: Government as innovator? You bet! Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion. People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: there are many reas
- PARKER: It's time to take a joke, America In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show," CBS has waged war on America's Heartland -- or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh. Don't you believe it, Heartlanders. But wait, ther
- THEIR VIEW: Constitutional convention won't work today There seems to be a growing idea that we need a Constitutional convention. That, of course, is the other way to change the Constitution. Amendments have been used 27 times to make changes, ranging from limiting the president's term of office to the d
- KITCHELL: Forum about adding answers, subtracting questions A week from tonight, Logansport residents and those outside Logansport who purchase electricity from the Logansport Municipal Utilities will have a chance to find out some things for themselves. A free forum at McHale Performing Arts Center will feat
- PUBLIC FORUM: The people are losing control of its government The people are losing control of government President Obama and progressive Democrats and Republicans are changing the landscape of our country by bypassing our Constitution and what our forefathers fought and gave their lives for. Their philosophy c
- More Opinion Headlines