Philadelphia’s Vacant Property Indicators & Trash Dumping (updated 11/16/16)

(Original post 11/15 has been updated to reflect additional information provided by Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation & Technology)

OpenData Philly provides incredible open data resources to help citizens investigate some of our problems, including my interests in the relationship between trash dumping and vacant properties. The City has just announced the release of the Vacant Property Indicators list (link). This post discusses my  assessment of how the Vacant Property and Building Indicators can be used to identify potential vacant property and building related trash dumping hot sports.

I have been monitoring trash dumping in the 400 block of  E Price Street for several years. Here is one of my trash survey photos:

459 E Price St. - Abandoned house with long history of dumping. Cleaned up by Streets Dept many times

459 E Price St. – Abandoned house with long history of dumping. Cleaned up by Streets Dept many times

OpenData Philly‘s parcel, vacant property and building indicator shapefiles have allowed me to make this map which shows parcel boundaries as well as  vacant land and building indicators for the 400 block of E Price St.

400_block_e_price_vac_prop_rev

The abandoned building with the trash dumping (459 E Price St.) and adjacent building are both in the City’s vacant building list;  the vacant lot at 447 E Price St is in the vacant property list.  This Google Street view of the 400 block of E Price St. shows the situation:

400_block_e_price_street_view

The City’s vacant property and vacant building indicators, ArcGIS or other GIS mapping tool and Google Street View provide neighborhood groups and concerned citizens a powerful set of tools that can help  them identify potential trash dumping hot spots.

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