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Benchmarks for Blight: How much blight does New Orleans have?

August 26, 2012 Comments off

Benchmarks for Blight: How much blight does New Orleans have?
Source: Greater New Orleans Community Data Center

As of March 2012, there are an estimated 35,700 blighted homes and empty lots in New Orleans, down from 43,755 in September 2010, as indicated by United States Postal Service (USPS) data. The continued reduction in blight since 2010 is attributable to a strong economy and ongoing population growth complemented by the focused efforts of city agencies to bring properties into compliance. However, the City will need to begin coordinating citywide data collection efforts to track blight going forward, as USPS data will provide less reliable indicators over time.

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