They were once the grand homes of the city’s rich families, who were keen to get away from the heavy smog of Birmingham’s inner city.
Dozens of Georgian properties along Moseley Road were much sought after during the city’s industrial heyday but today many are little more than empty shells.
Squatters have moved in and the homes are boarded up and cluttered with rubbish.
Two people were killed when a fire broke out at one of the empty homes in July.
Campaigners are now calling on the Government to give the mile-long row of 26 listed 1820s and 1830s properties heritage status and reclassify it as a conservation area, in order for them to secure grants and clean up the properties.
Some of the homes which overlook Highgate Park are owned by developers, who had plans to redevelop the properties, but nothing has gone ahead so far.
Planning permission was granted for three of the grade II listed properties to be developed into a 50 bed care home and 43 retirement apartments but owners Concept Development Solutions went into administration in 2009 throwing the plans into doubt.
Adminstrators BDO Stoy Hayward took control and said it was close to completing the sale although the details of the buyer have not been disclosed.
An extension to the planning application was granted in July.
Nicky Getgood, who started investigating the decline of the houses on her blog, Digbeth Is Good, said: “The buildings are in a really sorry state and it could be years before anything happens. They have another three years for the existing application and they don’t necessarily have to proceed with it.
“It has been like this for many years, as far back as I can remember and a row of empty properties attracts squatters.
“The reason for the fire is because the buildings have stood empty for so long, left to rot. The number 50 bus passes this way, it is still a key road and this situation is happening all across Birmingham, look at the Hagley Road.”
Barnard Bornham, who set up the Moseley Preservation Group which has more than 200 members, said: “There are 26 listed buildings in Moseley Road which is one mile long and most of them are derelict.
“Up at the other end near the Sixth Form College there are several Georgian properties which have deteriorated over the years. These were once grand homes, where the rich used to live to get away from the smog of the city.
“Rather than cutting off the electricity which forces squatters to use candles which poses a fire risk it would be better if they made sure the properties were secure and alarmed.’’
He added: “I was very much involved in saving the Friends’ Institute and Moseley Baths. I live just off Moseley Road, so it is my local high street. We are trying to get Heritage status. If it was made into a conversation area it would receive government money, it really should be a conservation area.’’
Birmingham City Council said it was drafting a document to highlight the area’s heritage assets to understand the statutory listed and locally listed properties.