The city of Columbus has adopted a new one thousand dollar per day fine to try and deter residential and commercial building owners from allowing their properties to become a public nuisance.
Cities that have lost population are working on ways to turn vacant lots into gardens or parks, which officials say help revitalize neighborhoods and improve stormwater management
Ohio counties are getting more time to apply for money to tear down vacant and abandoned properties.
Ohio communities with blighted neighborhoods have until Monday to apply for demolition grants. The state attorney general has 75-million dollars set aside to tear down abandoned, foreclosed homes. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports: