Econsult Solutions, Inc. (ESI), in collaboration with The Vacant Properties Research Network, a project of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, was selected to conduct a national literature review on blight by Keep America Beautiful, the leading national nonprofit that envisions a country where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live.
This report examines more than 300 academic articles, as well as special policy and practitioner reports devoted to the concept of blight. It also provides a contemporary snapshot of how researchers, experts and practitioners describe and understand the complex conditions that create blight and the policy responses that communities are taking.
Research identified in this report documents the community impacts that blighted properties generate, particularly on the value of adjacent properties. Some of those impacts include:
The report delineates what blight really means. Blight is the physical changes of properties that cause harmful impacts on the life cycle of neighborhoods and their residents. Among other findings about blight:
The report concludes with a series of recommendations for Keep America Beautiful and its community-based affiliates and practical actions local governments and community leaders can take. Some of those recommendations include:
With a better understanding of blight thanks to this report, Keep America Beautiful will work in conjunction with ESI to develop new tools and resources to better measure the many impacts of blight.
To download and read the report in its entirety, click the link to the right.
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