Journal Article Optimizing Blight Strategies: Deploying limited resources in different neighborhood housing markets
Kathryn L.S. Pettit, Additional Authors
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Public concern about blighted properties has swelled in New Orleans, and residents are rightfully concerned. Although blight has declined substantially since 2008 thanks to billions of federal housing dollars, as of 2010, New Orleans still had 43,755 blighted homes or empty lots. This report includes a review of economic and housing trends that are affecting blight, a broad set of principles to help guide various efforts to eliminate blight in New Orleans, and an analysis of neighborhood housing markets. Finally, this report provides recommendations for maximizing the potential of available resources for eliminating blight, including how neighborhood organizations can supplement public efforts.

Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Housing
Tags Employment and income data Housing markets Community and economic development National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP)
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center