Was riding the other day, and I was checking out all the run down buildings and such that are abandoned, closed down, and crumbling in our cities and towns. Why are these places not being demolished in order to make way for a new more modernization of the cities and towns in which we all live in ? I understand that many of the places are still owned by the wealthy (old money), so why are they getting a pass on fines etc. in which if we're levied against them, would speed up the process of cleaning up these sites in these cities and/or towns, and it would hopefully get the owners to do better about this sort of thing ? I think a (new property tax) legislation should be introduced, where as the new tax would work in this way. If you own a property, then there should be a tax incentive that would go into two different directions. One direction is on behalf of the property owner if he or she does right by the property, and the other property tax incentive would work for the city or town. It would give him or her the reason to either fix the place, rent the place, sale the place or tear the place down. The tax would work as such - If you own a property, and you keep that property up, keep it clean, maintain code, and keep it from being an eye sore, then the first 2 years your taxes would of course be the max allowed for the property to be charged by the government involved, but every year after that as compliance is met, then the tax is reduced by a percentage rate that is based upon the criteria formerly listed above. After 10 years maybe, it is that you as the owner would basically pay no taxes on the property after that, and this would be due to the stewardship, and the on going up keep of the property while empty. The flip side would be that the tax would increase dramatically after say two years if there is no up keep, no repairs, and an abandonment of the property.. The tax increase would give the owner the incentive to sell the property, rent or lease the property, repair and keep the property up, tear it down or it will break his or her bank account if they don't. What say y'all ?