In late 2010, Mayor Mitch Landrieu promised to clear 10,000 of New Orleans' blighted properties by 2014. With a new web-based interactive blight map, dubbed blightStatus, residents can now track the city's progress online.
The City of New Orleans and nonprofit technology group Code for America launched blightStatus (blightstatus.nola.gov) last week. The site allows users to search blighted properties by address and street name or browse a citywide blight map by month and filter the results by most recent enforcement action. Searchable single-property pages show the full timeline for a problem property, including inspection, code enforcement hearing and judgment dates. — Charles Maldonado