Horses take shelter from the heat at the abandoned Elena Christian Junior High School in Christiansted, St. Croix, which was closed in 2015.

Back in the day, when your house got cluttered with useless junk, you had a tag sale. All the stuff you weren’t using came out and was sold for a price. You cleared out old junk and brought in a few bucks. There was a feeling of satisfaction after the big clean-out.

The time is right for the Virgin Islands government to consider such a sale. Abandoned government properties have languished for decades. They are a blight on the community and in dangerous condition. As they have aged, nature has taken over, cracking foundations and breaking through roofs.