A civic-minded Northend businessman, recently interviewed for our upcoming business-to-business publication, said one of his desires is for the Imperial Valley to clean itself up in order for it to be more appealing to developers.
Those of us who live here know the Imperial Valley can be a lovely place. We also know it can be an ugly place, often because people don't take care of or pride in their properties.
That is why we supported the city of El Centro when it started a nuisance abatement ordinance to clean up the city and present a better image. The ordinance targets sites that are either potential health hazards or eyesores.
Eyesores can be just as damaging to a city as health hazards because they tear at the heart of a neighborhood, because everyone around the hell hole has to look at it every day. And as we all know, if one house in a neighborhood starts slipping into quagmire status, others often follow. Then, before anyone expected, a whole neighborhood is ruined.