Vacant Homes and Land Banking
There has been plenty of talk of what to do about the vacant homes on the West side of Montgomery. Many are running on the idea of using taxpayer money to fix the houses. Unfortunately, that is not a very popular approach due to the fact that the government is already $300+ million in debt. That is also not a good approach because it puts the solution totally on the government. Any lasting solution should be based in the community in order to have a real and lasting impact. Also, any solution will not be an overnight fix. We cannot just wave a magic wand and the issue will just go away. We did not get here overnight and we will not solve it overnight. Any solution must be a well thought out long lasting solution that will be beneficial to all and in particular to those in the community first.