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Wall of Shame

The City of Auburn is banking on public humiliation to get the national banks who own these now abandoned properties to be more accountable in maintaining the properties. The website currently features a growing list of 19 homes that are in various states of disrepair, whether that be the physical condition of the home itself or the usually overgrown state of the yard surrounding it. Accompanying the photos are the address and an e-mail address that citizens can use to contact the current mortgage owner in the hopes that by expressing their concerns to a point that is just short of nagging, these national corporations will be pressured into being proactive in the upkeep of the property. [SW]