We, Buda (TX), have been approached by several citizens and City Council members regarding vacant buildings in the downtown area. There are a number of absentee landlords that make a downtown revitalization extremely difficult, and the Council would like to create a vacant building ordinance to deal with some of the problems. I have two main questions:
1: Are vacant building ordinances effective in affecting change in historic downtowns?
2: Does anyone have examples of successful vacant building ordinances?