One North Carolina County, Brunswick, has quietly removed more than 1,200 abandoned mobile homes from its environs since 2001. This article provides a profile of Brunswick's Appearance and Code Enforcement (ACE) program.
Readers should pick a few lessons from Brunswick. One, if one county can find 1,200 abandoned mobile homes, then imagine how many we have in the other 99 counties! Two, a deliberate approach can solve the problem, without antagonizing anyone. This really is a program without natural enemies. Last, imagine how much better we'd be if Brunswick and all other NC Counties had full regulatory authority (as well as funding!) to clean up these units. Support H1700, now waiting to be heard in the Senate.