The city can add new trash receptacles, erect streetlights, replace park benches and make other investments in public spaces.
For private property, the city can cite the owners under the property maintenance code.
But for wholesale change, it usually must wait for a property to be so blighted that it can be condemned and seized.
Such actions usually are isolated and limited by funding constraints.
But now Lancaster is considering an approach that is both comprehensive and intensely focused.