The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 29, 2013

Readers' Forum 7-29 | You can't get there from here


JOHNSTOWN — Blight permeates West End section

The Readers’ Forum letter on July 14 by Elaine Jensen, “Out-of-town visitor: Johnstown is a mess,” and on July 20 by Fred Bigam, “Visitor’s assessment of city was spot on,” were right on.

Five people in my neighborhood have called about the house situated between us. It smells of dog urine and is littered with old tires, a propane tank, car door, old screens and a basketball hoop.

I’ve asked a city councilwoman for help.

She said to me, “We fine them, but they pay it and do it again.” This was said in front of another person.

It’s not just this particular house. Blight is all over the West End section of Johnstown. There are old mattresses laying in yards, discarded tires and other junk.

Lindy Yutsy (July 10, “City needs to embrace new ideas and change”) and I, at the request of Rep. Bryan Barbin, turned in at least 100 blighted properties. There are many more.

Who pays the codes officers? We do. When will they earn their pay?

Sharon R. Miller

West End

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