REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Raze a building, raise a neighborhood

While one building on Hancock Street was being raised, another on the same street was being razed - both examples of friends h
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

While one building on Hancock Street was being raised, another on the same street was being razed — both examples of friends helping friends.

Habitat for Humanity’s latest home project is nearlng completion. You need only to ride down Hancock Street to see how successful this group is in rebuilding blighted neighborhoods. This dedicated bunch of professional construction people and non-professional volunteers selflessly donate their time to give a leg up to perspective homeowners.

At the other end of the street, a group of volunteers came together recently to help Mike Hummel and Bob Pietschman demolish and haul away the remains of a decrepit structure on their property behind Sandusky Feed and Supply Co. Neighbors had long wished the building would disappear. It added nothing to the ambiance of the neighborhood and was a potential problem. After a complaint to the city prompted a fix-up or tear-down ultimatum, the owners opted for the down choice.

Neighbor Bob Haag and more than a dozen volunteers rolled up their shirtsleeves and came to their aid. The eyesore is gone and friendships were cemented.

Building neighborhoods is something neighbors do, not governments.  We shouldn't look to “The City” or “The State” to reclaim our blighted areas, we need to look to to our neighbors — ourselves.