“Abandoned vehicles have long been a problem in Oakland. The city has increased resources and manpower to address not just cars but the illegal activity they encourage.”

A recent article in Governing discusses the consequences far beyond blight that Oakland CA and many other communities are experiencing as a result of a severe backlog of abandoned cars.

“These abandoned cars, over time they become playhouses for illegal activity, like drug sales and prostitution and other kinds of negative activity that are not conducive to a safe and clean community,” says Cherelle Parker, who just stepped down from the Philadelphia City Council to run for mayor.

Oakland is trying a new approach.

To view the article, in its entirety please click here.