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Thursday, October 11, 2012

City launches interactive blight map

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM

A blightStatus screenshot of former Councilman Jon Johnsons federal conspiracy property
  • A blightStatus screenshot of former Councilman Jon Johnson's federal conspiracy property

The city of New Orleans today launched a new online blight-map called blightStatus. The site allows you to search by address, street name or browse a citywide blight map by month and filter your results by date and most recent enforcement actions, allowing you to track, say, demolitions month by month. The site was developed in partnership with Code for America.

From the city press release:
"Nearly two years ago, Mayor Landrieu announced a new, aggressive blight strategy aimed at reducing the blight count in New Orleans by 10,000 properties by 2014. A recent study released by The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center showed that blighted properties have been reduced by approximately 8,000 addresses since 2010. The study attributed the reduction in part to the focused efforts of City agencies to bring properties into compliance."

So, in theory, with this site, you can see what the city's doing to meet its blight goals without having to attend a BlightStat meeting, or wait for an annual progress report or State of the City speech. You can see what's going on with a property in your neighborhood or one you've read about in the news. After trying it out, I really have nothing bad to say about this project. It's intuitive, it runs fast and it offers easy access to information we should have easy access to.

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