We appreciate that city officials and local tradesmen stepped up and slapped a coat of paint on the remaining portions of the Apex building on First Street. This is an especially important corridor for future economic development in the city, and the surface beauty treatment the old building got went a long way toward improving aesthetics in the area.
But other areas in the city have been in desperate need of attention for years -- even decades -- and these areas deserve the same level of activism from city workers and volunteers, if necessary. The old Monroe Service television and appliance store at Camp and Monroe streets closed more than three decades ago, but we never hear a word from city officials about the poor conditions there and the eyesore it's been for all those years.
The same can be said for the old gas station at the bayside end of Camp street, and at numerous other locations in the city. City taxpayers and business also live and operate in these parts of the city. Why should they be subjected to disregard by their neighbors? And disregard from their city leaders?
Too many property owners -- including Apex building owner Famous Supply Co. of Akron -- long ago lost the desire or need to improve their neighborhoods. But these property owners have obligations to the community -- whether they like it or not -- and those obligations should be enforced.
Enforcement can come in many different forms -- from giving teeth to local ordinances already on the books that ould force property cleanups, to a group action similar to the Apex painting party. The bottom line is every corner of the city deserves the same sort of attention city officials gave the Apex building.