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Not a blitz on blight, but its time for city inspectors to make rounds

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Boarded up homes. Houses with condemned signs. Alleys with debris.

These are the sights that Richard Walker isn't thrilled about in his Highland Park neighborhood.

"It only gives the appearance of this is a blighted neighborhood. Why would I want to live here?" Walker said.

Neighbors are glad to see the city inspectors honing in on trouble spots, forcing some homeowners to fix up their properties.

Some tell CBS 6 News they received a certified letters containing a notice of violation from the city.

The letter explained they had a certain amount of time to get things fixed.

Commissioner of Buildings Douglas Murrow tells CBS 6 there is no special enforcement blitz going on.

He says this is just the time of year when inspectors are making rounds in neighborhoods checking for tall grass.

He says when inspectors make their rounds if they stumble upon clear violations, they alert property owners and give them the citations.

Murrow says that's likely what happened here.

He says if you live near a rundown blighted property and believe the city should know about it, the best thing to do is to report it to 311.

You can also go online to and report the problem.

Murrow says they will investigate the complaint within 48 hours.