PoP has a good post about DC owned properties and how it disposes of them. I think this is ripe for fraud and have heard many cases of DC cronyism in the sale of townhomes. Political friends buy the townhomes and either sit on them or do not live there. As more neighborhoods convert, there are more properties that people want and willing to live in. Many properties owned by the Mayor’s friends or who have been allowed to be taxed at the regular tax rate instead of the Abandoned Building rate should be cracked down on.