Some Erie residents protest 'blight' crackdown

The City of Erie has a plan to stabilize neighborhoods by attacking blight, but some residents feel that enforcement in their communities is unfair.

More than 100 members of the community filled the Erie City Hall to protest the code enforcement. According to the Erie Refocused plan, the city had nearly 10,000 residential properties showed signs of moderate to severe distress in 2015.

The city completed its of enforcement sweep of West Bayfront in spring. It is currently focusing on East Bayfront communities.

Some residents call the citations undue hardship.

"We have to have grants, these people can't afford to have everything done, so if the state and city want us to take care of the places, they need to come up with grant programs," said Erie resident O.J. Kaufman.

Erie City Council president Cas Kwitowski said said the council would later discuss the concerns. "I think there are some questions that need to be asked... I think we all agree on that. I just have had a chance to talk to them individually."

During the two-and-a-half-hour meeting, council members encouraged residents to stay engaged and attend meetings regularly.


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