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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

Program problems hurt neighborhoods

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Greg Peck
July 5, 2013

As recently as January, The Gazette has praised the city’s efforts to improve Janesville’s historic Fourth Ward through policing, better policies and using federal block grants to upgrade the housing stock.

When it comes to the house at 173 S. Jackson St., however, the city has fallen far short in code enforcement. In last Sunday’s Gazette, reporter Marcia Nelesen detailed the concerns. Likewise, Catherine W. Idzerda’s story last week revealed that Rock County’s missteps have caused it to lose control of a block grant program designed to help low-income owners make their homes safer and more energy efficient.

How did these problems develop, how do they hurt neighborhoods, and what must the city and county do to correct them? We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Sunday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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