Interstate 20 task force seeks to toughen city’s ordinances on blight
Longview — Many members of the Interstate 20 Corridor Task Force are determined to find a way to crack down on untended or dilapidated buildings in the area.
To do that, the focus of discussion at Thursday’s meeting turned to adding teeth into some city ordinances.
“The ways our codes are set up are very minimum standards — unfortunately, ugly is not really one of those standards,” said City Manager David Willard. He told the task force that most ordinances of the city are designed to be non-invasive and to allow freedom.
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