This article addresses an indirect policy approach to handling "gray areas" in large central cities where dilapidated and deteriorated housing go unresolved. Rather than focusing on abandonment and rebuilding, the article looks to fostering renewal of existing structures through property tax abatement programs. Using Pittsburgh as a model and experience to outline the framework for such a program, the article attempts to enhance ones understanding of the economic impacts that a property tax can have on the condition of city housing. The article concludes that for any city to embark on a tax abatement policy, it must understand the conditions necessary for success.

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