Montgomery, AL launches high-tech, data-driven initiative to pinpoint abandoned properties. 

The program analyzes and integrates streams of data across multiple departments and sources into a single, comprehensive database identifying issues, like vacant and abandoned buildings. BuildingBlocks will complement City staff’s ongoing abatement efforts by maintaining geocoded reports that target issues related to blighted properties, include those with telltale warning signs of vacancy that may not yet be physically blighted. The City can then use this data to maintain a registry of vacant properties and prioritize those in need of attention, ease the strain on budgetary and personnel limitations and successfully abate more issues to potentially reinvigorate entire neighborhood blocks.

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