Blight to Boom: Collaborating to Map Change

Friday, 10:00 am – 20 min
Janine Yoong

The revival of Detroit has been the photo-journalist’s favorite beat in 2018. OpenStreetMap enables the city councilman, the land bank official, and the homeowner, to go beyond images of blight and recovery toward a deeper understanding of how the city is changing. Since emerging from bankruptcy, 25% of the 40,000 blighted homes in Detroit have been demolished — combined with streetscape improvements, property values in most neighborhoods have increased. But which neighborhoods are being left behind, and why? This session will illustrate how local knowledge and disparate data sources come together to create a rich, evolving map of Detroit, highlighting the City of Detroit’s use of street-level imagery by the nation’s largest land bank.