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Mar. 14, 2017 8:02 am

View the percentage of vacant properties in each Philly neighborhood with this nifty tool

An app from a handful of city departments allows you to find where vacant lots and buildings are and who owns them.

Vacant lots.

(Screenshot via Vacant Property Viewer)

Who owns that vacant lot across the street?

You know, the one that everyone seems to use as a neighborhood landfill? Ever wonder how many of those you’ve got in your neighborhood compared to others across the city?

A new app developed by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) will let you find out.

The app, created with data from the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Office of Property Assessment, Philadelphia Land Bank and Philadelphia Water Department, allows users to find vacant properties across the city as well as who owns them. The app was just updated to include the percentage of vacant lots and buildings from block to block.

The app will be updated monthly, according to the city.

Very cool. Check it out here.

P.S. Reminds us a bit of this proof of concept created last year that identifies potentially unsafe buildings.

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Tony Abraham

Tony Abraham is Technically Media's special projects reporter, where he currently edits Technical.ly's Grow PA series. He reports for both Technical.ly and Generocity and was a Philly News Award winner for Community Reporting of the Year in 2016. A proud native of Allentown, Pa., the Temple University alumnus calls Fishtown home.

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