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New technology unveiled to track blighted properties

New Orleans, La. - The city of New Orleans announced Thursday the launch of BlightStatus, a new interactive online tool for residents to track the progress of blighted properties within the Code Enforcement system in New Orleans.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu sent the following press release to news media Thursday afternoon:

Dear Friends,

Today, the City of New Orleans unveiled exciting new technology in the fight against blight in our city. 

For decades residents have asked for easy access to information on the status of blighted buildings, and now we're delivering. BlightStatus is a new interactive online tool for residents to track the progress of blighted properties within the Code Enforcement system in New Orleans.

Anyone with an Internet connection can visit http://blightstatus.nola.gov to:

  • search for any property to view its case history in a clear and simple format;
  • create a "watchlist" to track the progress of multiple properties;
  • receive email alerts whenever a property on your "watchlist" moves forward in the blight process;
  • analyze blight citywide or down to the block level using interactive maps and charts; and
  • learn more about the blight process itself at the Help Center

Reducing blight citywide is a top priority of my administration. Blight threatens our safety, the value of our homes, our quality of life and our environment. Nearly two years ago, we 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 by prioritizing aggressive code enforcement and code lien foreclosure sales.

Recently, the City's blight strategy was named a 2012 Bright Idea in Government by Harvard University's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and was awarded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary's Award at the 2012 Council on Philanthropy Conference for its public-philanthropic partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) and the Center for Community Progress (CCP). 

This is a major step forward in reducing barriers to public participation in blight hearings, and improving the quality of the interactions between the City and the community in the common goal of eliminating blight.

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