Springfield uses citations, fines and criminal prosecutions to combat owners of run-down homes
The Houston administration has made good on a promise to address Springfield neighborhoods blighted by run-down properties.
The number of city building and zone citations has increased by three times in the first four months of this year compared to the same time period last year. Ward 6 Alderman Corey Jobe says run down homes cause other property values in the area to drop.
Mayor Mike Houston says the city's end game isn't to tear down the homes, but rather to require owners to take responsibility. The city has beefed up its housing code enforcement by inspectors and with the addition of two new staff lawyers whose primary responsibility is to prosecute violators.