GREENFIELD — It’s being called the worst of the worst.
A crumbling, weed-covered, two-story house across the street from Commons Park must be demolished for the health and safety of the community at large, Greenfield city officials say.
But is this an example of an even greater problem of blight in the city?
Some city officials say yes, and they argue more time and resources need to be spent on cleaning up properties throughout the city. But others say the house at 853 W. Fifth St. is one severe example, and the city shouldn’t be spending too much taxpayer money on what property owners should fix up themselves.
It’s a delicate balance between property rights and the health and safety of the public at large, and several say now is the time to have a broader discussion on blight in the city before it gets out of hand.
Questions over blight in Greenfield have been brewing for the last few years, as the city is spending increasingly more money annually on mowing overgrown weeds and the board of works debates how to handle run-down homes.