Problem DescriptionUrban blight typically involves buildings, including homes and businesses, falling into disrepair in a neighborhood. There are many contributing reasons for blight depending on the situation - unresponsive landlords, lack of code enforcement, economic downturn, low income residents without the ability to afford repairs, etc. Once blight begins to occur, it has cascading impacts. Businesses may decide to not locate, further deepening the economic troubles. Housing values may decline, leading to a loss of wealth. Property taxes revenue may decline and affect the local public school funding. This could reduce economic mobility for the younger generations. Crime may increase, and squatting may occur in the vacant buildings. Keeping track of these factors is a step towards taking actions that can reduce blight and its cascading impacts. In turn, these actions may improve the quality of life for residents in a blight-affected area.
Urban blight improvements may involve many departments of the local/regional government in addition to other community groups.
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|STAGE||SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED||EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES||RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING||FINANCE REQUIRED||KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED||GOAL|
|Developing and testing3||Mix of design and implementation skills|
|A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users||Demonstration that the idea works, or evidence to support a reworking of the idea|