For many years Palm Springs was plagued with empty properties in vital commercial districts. Thankfully this blight has diminished, but the problem persists.
Certain areas, such as the downtown corridor and the Palm Springs Mall are economically central to our community. They are highly impactful on the comfort and morale of visitors and residents alike.
Commercial zones such as these exist to serve the community by being centers of economic activity and social cohesion. When properties lay vacant for too long they can be a drain on us all. Blight such as this is unacceptable.
It is important that the city and property owners both recognize the importance and impact that long-term vacant property has on the health of our community and make efforts to eliminate this impact.