The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center issued two
short reports today:
1. They now have pre-Katrina data on households receiving mail so they can finally measure precisely how far neighborhoods have come since Katrina. From West End to West Lake Forest to the Lower Nine, several neighborhoods are still struggling to recover. But other neighborhoods like Broadmoor and Gert Town have astonishing recovery rates. The center hope this analysis helps the world to remember how much farther residents have to go before New Orleans is completely rebuilt.
2. Data on unoccupied residential addresses indicates that New Orleans may have fully 65,000 blighted residences or empty lots. All told 34 percent of our residential addresses are unoccupied. The next closest city in our analysis, Detroit, has only 18 percent. As we struggle to recovery, blight is likely to be one of the long-term challenges the city must face.
To see "Percent Recovery by Neighborhood (pre- and post-K)" and "National Benchmarks for Blight," go to: