Snapshots from an abandoned downtown: water damage in an unspecified hotel and exposed wiring.
Snapshots from an abandoned downtown: water damage in an unspecified hotel and exposed wiring.
Snapshots from an abandoned downtown: water damage in an unspecified hotel and exposed wiring.

The Ghost Town Inside Downtown Dallas And How to Deal With It

Another interesting item on the council's Economic Development Committee agenda: discussion of a pilot program aimed at dealing with the vacant and abandoned buildings downtown, 10 of which were inspected from June 5-13 in preparation of today's get-together. And these are no small, out-of-the-way properties either: Notes the city doc, "These structures represent a total of 1,562,122 sq.ft. of vacant property in the CBD" with a combined 2008 Dallas Central Appraisal District value of $6,807,390. Do not visit page 8 before breakfast -- unless the phrase "pigeon infestation" and an accompanying photo of God-knows-what in a sink don't bother you, in which case, have at it.

Among the suggestions for dealing with the piss-poor properties: enforce code compliance, how novel. Or: register vacant buildings with the city, which ain't cheap. Or: "Downtown Community Prosecutor" and "Downtown Community Court." Or just get DCAD to knock down the value a little bit. Hey, waitaminute. --Robert Wilonsky

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