Video: Salisbury City Councilman David Post Reveals There Are Almost 2,000 Vacant Houses in Salisbury, N.C.

Posted on September 8, 2016



RFP Staff

♦ Video: Salisbury City Councilman David Post Reveals There Are Almost 2,000 Vacant Houses in Salisbury, N.C.:

It’s said that approximately 14,000 houses exist in Salisbury. Given that figure then 2,000 vacant houses would mean one out of every seven houses was vacant. Councilman Post said that 15% of the houses in Salisbury are vacant. That’s enormous. Those are Detroit like numbers. Vacant and abandoned homes are magnets for crime, squatting, drugs, and arsons. Is it any wonder why so many communities are pleading for these houses to be torn down?

Vacant houses in poor condition blight neighborhoods. In Salisbury too few police officers exist (The grossly understaffed police force may count some 50 officers at most) to keep an eye on 2,000 vacant houses let alone patrol entire communities. Code enforcement officers appear to be a rare breed too often quitting months after their hire.

And we’re not even discussing the multitude of vacant buildings in Salisbury.

According to a credible real estate website RealityTrack the top 10 cities in the U.S.A. with the highest amount of vacant homes are:

(1) Detroit 18% (2) Flint, MI 16.5% (3) Baltimore 7.3% (4) Youngstown, OH 6.7% (5) Jackson, MI 6.3% (6) Toledo, OH 6.2% (7) Macon, GA 5.7% (8) Montgomery, AL 5.4% (9) St. Petersburg, FL 5.3% and Saginaw, MI at 5.2 %.

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