Rural blight
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:43 am

I am relatively new to the North Country having moved here from a large city. I thought blight was an urban phenomenon. I never expected blight to exist in a rural area. As I drive around getting to know the county, I am struck by the number of collapsed structures, mostly old barns, trailers, and houses, that line the roads. One house in Norfolk literally looks like a bomb went off. The exterior walls are missing and one can actually see clothing and furniture inside. This has to be a health and safety hazard for children in the neighborhood. Why is this allowed? I know money is scarce, but at some point health and safety codes have to be enforced. These dilapidated structures need to be demolished and the areas cleaned-up. If local government cannot afford it, it needs to seek help from Albany and D.C. The blight here is remarkable. If you have lived here for a while, perhaps you no longer notice it, but I do. We should not have to live like this in the United States of America.