Property maintenance codes are pretty standard fare. The scope of them varies. Many jurisdictions will put a lien on properties against fines levied for violations. To me a better thing would be to allow community service programs to partcipate in maintaining properties for those residents who are too frail to do so on their own or who can not afford the expense.
The city’s compliance with ADA is a separate issue from their building a hiking trail. The funding source of the hiking trail is not mentioned in the article. Did they receive any grant money (public or private). Were the easements donated to the city? Had thye committed any bonds to the project? Without that information is kind of hard to say whether the city is just crying poor mouth about ADA compliance. Remember the trail if operated by the city for the public will also have to meet ADA requirements for such uses.
New residents will not be attracted to areas with run down, poorly maintained housing stock. At least not the sort of residents you would like.
Communities do not put in trails because of huge demand from the populace, they put them in because that's another box they can check off on their grant applications for needed infrastructure upgrades. Federal Government using the carrot approach to getting all communities to move forward, in the right direction.
Agenda 21 - get everyone into high density urban communities, ban people from entering the ‘wildlands’, and make it easy to control people through the power, water, sewer, internet grids that are contained and easily shut down. Paving the way for One world government...