Graham Moomaw has a write-up in today’s Times-Dispatchon a proposed rental property inspection.
"The city of Richmond is considering the creation an inspection program for rental properties in old areas of the city, a policy that could have a major impact on the 56 percent of city housing occupied by renters.
The rental inspections would apply in special districts created by the city with a high volume of renters and a risk of blight. As envisioned, the program would focus on student-heavy historic neighborhoods such as the Fan District, Oregon Hill, Jackson Ward and Carver, but the exact districts would be drawn later by city officials.”
Pitched as process to fight blight, it is interesting that the proposal sounds like it would not include any of the East End.
If the city extended this to the east end they’d have to face the overwhelming amount of blight they’ve created, much of which is centered in RRHA-sponsored rentals.
Why is so much of our dialog about the east end exclusively focused on the stadium? Where are all the east-end advocates when it comes to rental properties, public transportation, and work force development?