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Connections: Zombie Properties And Housing As A Right

Apr 29, 2016

When Mayor Lovely Warren joined Connections earlier this month, she defended Assemblyman David Gantt's decision to abandon one of his rental properties in the City of Rochester, effectively turning it into a zombie property.

A group called Take Back the Land was disappointed to hear that; they point out that the vast majority of zombie properties nationwide are left behind by rental property owners who give up.

So how can the city toughen up or deal with the issue? Beyond that, the group fights evictions, calling for housing as a human right. We talk to them about all of these issues. Our guests, all from Take Back the Land:

  • Ryan Acuff
  • Julie Gelfand
  • Elizabeth McGriff
  • Barbara Horton