They won’t be turning properties in to city’s code enforcement, only recording what they see, Hufford said. They have done similar work in Cleveland, Akron, Dayton, Lorain and Sandusky, among other Ohio cities.
Miami University students did a similar evaluation, on a much smaller scale along a business corridor in Hamilton’s North End neighborhood.
Among other things, “This is going to be amazing baseline data for us.” A few years from now, “We can do a similar project and see has the quality of our neighborhoods improved at all? I’m hoping the answer is yes. We’ve got a lot of good things going on, so that’s the goal.”
Another Hamilton evaluation
Meanwhile, in an unrelated survey in Hamilton, city Gas & Water distribution employees, accompanied by someone from the Southern Cross company between now and October will be conducting federally required leakage and corrosion surveys for the municipally owned natural gas utility.
The gas-line evaluators will be in some East Side neighborhoods evaluating lines up to the indoor- or outdoor gas meter. They will have proper identification and inspections will take 5-10 minutes.