Kudos to Mayor Michael O’Connor and the city government for looking into the problem of blighted properties in downtown Frederick. But I fear they may drag their feet on this pressing problem The good news is that Neighborhood Advisory Council 11 has been actively investigating the situation with their Seriously Deteriorated and Habitually Vacant Property Subcommittee. What is absolutely clear to me is that action needs to be taken now. As residents of this city know too well, we have a few habitual offenders whose blighted properties are not only an eyesore but also an insult to all of us. There is no more egregious example than the former Asiana restaurant on North Market Street, which was aptly pictured in The News-Post’s article on May 23. It is situated in the heart of the most vibrant part of downtown Frederick. Owners of such properties need to be ordered, immediately, to either improve their properties (i.e., sell them or rent them to responsible people) or lose them via receivership. In sum, Improve It Or Lose It. I trust the city will deal fairly with owners who for various legitimate reasons have not been able to keep up their properties, but sincerely intend to do so soon. But the worst offenders, such as the owner the former Asiana restaurant, need to be told as sternly as possible that their time of abusing their privilege of ownership and offending the citizens of Frederick is over.