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.
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