New tool will help officials fight the 35,000 blighted properties in N.O.

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Posted on October 11, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 11 at 7:04 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - The fight against blight is ongoing in New Orleans, and officials plan to unveil a new technological tool to help them clean up the city.

On Thursday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu will visit the St. Roch neighborhood to discuss the initiative.

On September 30, 2010, Landrieu announced he planned on reducing the number of blighted properties in the city by 10,000 in three years.

The newest interactive tool is called "BlightStatus," which allows residents to access some of the Code Enforcement Department data on the blighted properties being investigated and what's being done about them.

It's designed to give neighborhoods more access so they can communicate more effectively with City Hall about what needs to be done.

As of March, there are 35,000 blighted properties, according to the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center.

Since Landrieu announced his plan in 2010, there are nearly 8,000 less blighted properties, reported the center.

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. in the St. Roch neighborhood.

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