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The Big Blight Hammer

A couple weeks ago, the Chron caught up with San Francisco's anti-blight ordinance, which is still meant to encourage vacant, crumbling properties to return to the land of the living. At the time, the Department of Building Inspection said they would stick to the annual $765 fee levied on vacant properties in the hopes that building owners would start listening up. No more Mr. Nice Guy— the Public Press reports that the fee's going up to its maximum of $6,885 now, hitting everyone like a "big hammer." In the event of noncompliance? Liens, or eminent domain. Sounds like they're playing for keeps. [Public Press, previously]