In the 15 years since tenants spoke to The Gazette about conditions at Terry Ragan’s apartment complexes, little has changed.
If anything, they’ve gotten worse, according to residents, police and code enforcement.
In 2003, after The Gazette ran a series on the crime, gangs, cockroaches, leaky pipes, mold, maintenance complaints and code violations at Ragan’s complexes, the City Council talked about increasing fines and about cracking down on repeat offenders.
None of that has been done.
Instead, the cash-strapped city cut code enforcement staff by 20 percent in 2009.