Rīga bids farewell to wrecks

From the time when the municipality started dealing with wrecked buildings in Rīga, about 369 such houses have been demolished by the authorities, Oleg Burov, the head of the Property Department of the Riga City Council told Latvian Television Friday.

Locals can vote for the buildings they hate the most at the grausti.riga.lv portal, and the city council has demolished three buildings already in response to the locals' will.

However, as locals vote for the wrecks near their houses, buildings in the center of Rīga get less votes even though they are probably seen by more people each day.

The number of wrecked buildings is still high in Rīga. "There's a total of 287 there, while 65 more don't endanger people but are a threat to the environment, so it's a total of 350," said Burov. 

Rīga increased the immovable property tax from 1.5% to 3% for wrecked buildings last fall.

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