Editor’s note: Thumbs UP!
That’s what they’re doing in Pittsburgh.
City council voted recently to reinstate a public-shaming program aimed at irresponsible landlords.
The new law requires the city’s Bureau of Building Inspection to identify the 10 most dilapidated structures and the Department of Public Works to put up signs with the owners’ names, addresses and phone numbers.
Under the “Operation Red” program, the signs will say, “Don’t Come Here. Don’t Invest Here.”
The signs are intended to shame landlords, but some critics predict they will embarrass tenants more. Other critics say the signs may hasten the demise of particular streets or neighborhoods.