Boarded up high streets are a challenge. This story explores one such street in Baltimore (USA) and asks local owners and others what’s needed to fix it.
“One property owner complained about what they called “municipalism”, or the idea that all problems can be solved through bureaucratic layers. These layers prevent people from moving forward with property or business investments. Another owner who manages and sells commercial property mentioned the term “bipolar”, whereby the city takes actions encouraging investment and redevelopment but then locks up the land in historic districts or with highly restrictive zoning that prevents rehabilitation.”
It all sounds too familiar.