The city apparently owns about 370 parcels of real estate. There are 128 vacant lots, some of which can't be developed. Another 111 pieces of land are part of city parks. More than 60 parcels are parking facilities, 48 are used by the Public Works Department, 13 have structures, and nine are on a portion of the 1100 block of Main and Market streets that will be demolished.
The city has identified seven properties that could fit the Wheeling Historic Landmarks Commission's proposal to get some structures back into productive use.
The city would convey some parcels to owners for a small sum, perhaps as little as $1 - in exchange for new owners' agreement to renovate "in a timely manner consistent with the neighborhood's history," Hicks wrote.
It's an interesting concept, perhaps something other cities should watch. Cities don't have to destroy the best parts of their past to open the way to a better future.
FOR the second time in two weeks, federal courts have blocked the application of new voter ID laws in the Nov. 6 election.
But the courts indicated that their concerns "lay only with the law's implementation - not the underlying requirement to show a photo ID at the polls," reports the Wall Street Journal.
"Opponents of voter ID laws lost another battle in South Carolina Wednesday, when a federal court said the state's law doesn't disenfranchise minority voters," the Journal said.
"While the judges were not confident that South Carolina's photo-ID requirements could be ready to go for the November election, they concluded that the law 'lacks discriminatory retrogressive effect or discriminatory purpose," Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote for a unanimous federal court panel.
"South Carolina's goals of preventing voter fraud and increasing electoral confidence are legitimate; those interests cannot be deemed pretextual merely because of an absence of recorded incidents of in-person voter fraud in South Carolina," Kavanaugh said.
West Virginia's political leaders should take note:
It's OK to require voters to prove they are who they say they are, just as they do when they buy beer, cigarettes or set up direct-deposit for their
Social Security checks, which they will have to do next year anyway.