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Keeping homes viable, liveable helps all

Demolishing homes is an ugly business.

But it’s necessary to preserve the safety of citizens and to keep property owners accountable.

That’s the case at 603 E. Main St. in Lock Haven, a vacant home in the city’s east end. It’s been vacant for a long time.

It’s also the case at other properties in many communities in our region and across the country, for that matter.

Code enforcement is an important defense against neglect.

And it helps to sustain and prop up property values in neighborhoods.

The property in question in Lock Haven — which owners Shawn Hale and Cory Bubb began demolishing yesterday to prevent the city from stepping in today — has been an eyesore for quite a while.

It is at a busy intersection, very visible in the community. Moreover, its attached to two other units.

When a local government has to step in and demolish a property, it typically places a lien on the property to recoup its costs.

The city — any municipal government for that matter — should not be in the real estate business.

Taxpayers foot the bill for demolition and taxpayers also ultimately lose out due to the loss of tax revenue. It’s a lose-lose situation.

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