Xconomy on online map of Detroit’s vacant and blighted properties

June 4, 2014

In January, Xconomy reported on the Motor City Mapping project to survey the city’s entire 139 square miles—nearly 400,000 parcels of land—and identify blighted properties in need of demolition.

Back then, a team of about 200 surveyors hit the snowy streets and spent roughly two months crisscrossing the city, using an app to catalog each parcel of land complete with a photo and identifying details. The project, mounted by Loveland Technologies and Data Driven Detroit, marked the first time Detroit’s vacant and blighted properties were systematically recorded into an updatable database.

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