A New Approach To Neglected Lots
"It's a black and white issue, or in this case, green and yellow. "It's terrible," said Danley Clow, "it is just unbelievable the way they let it go."He has a gorgeous yard himself, and spends a couple of days a week keeping it in pristine condition. But across the street..."This is just pitiful," he said.It is a tiny strip of land, that's changed hands time and again. The last time at county auction. The new owner says Mr. Clow, has yet to mow it, and it got very overgrown before someone called the city."They can't sell them to anyone, they decide they do not want to maintain them and they go back to tax sale every three years," said Tulsa city councilor Jeannie Cue. She is trying to find out just how many similar properties there are like this that cost the city money through upkeep."We need to work on ways to save the taxpayers money," she said.One idea? Turn these easement eye sores over to the folks who live near them for little to no money, once they're back on the city books."The plan is to see legally what we can do. If it would be some type of lease, purchase, or donation," said Cue.Sure, there's always the option to just buy it from whoever owns it..."Man put a for sale sign up and I called about it and he wanted $7,500 dollars," laughed Clow.But as you can see by Mr. Clow's reaction, that strategy hasn't worked to well. Hence the cycle of neglect, and mow, and lien, and auction."Back to the same problem," he said.