Atlanta puts building code enforcement under police department

Source: Larry Conley, American City and County, February 1, 2012

The move is part of the city’s effort to get tough on violators and tear down eyesores.

Atlanta is toughening its building codes enforcement – with the emphasis on enforcement. In February, the city put the civilian codes enforcement department under police direction, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The city is trying to crack down on thousands of abandoned or dilapidated properties, a longstanding problem made worse by the foreclosure crisis. Police say the eyesores feed crime, so that appropriately puts it in their court.

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