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Crews Mapping Every Blighted Structure in Detroit

Matt Ball on December 25, 2013 - in Maintenance, Sensors

Dozens of hired workers and volunteers have met by numbered signs in the halls of Tech Town. There, they are given Google Nexus 7 tablets and, in groups of three, set out to Detroit’s neighborhoods to document every blighted structure and lot.

It is the $1.5 million surveying round of the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force’s ultimate goal of having a strategy in place to rid one of the country’s most-blighted cities of its glut of crumbling structures. By some estimates, there are more than 70,000 vacant and abandoned properties in Detroit, though the blight task force’s co-chair, Glenda Price, said that number is likely inflated.

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Matt Ball is founder and editorial director of V1 Media, publisher of Informed Infrastructure, Earth Imaging Journal, Sensors & Systems, Asian Surveying & Mapping and the video news site GeoSpatial Stream.

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