What am I looking at?
This map is color-coded to highlight unoccupied structures in the Macon-Bibb County Urban Redevelopment Zone. They are color-coded by condition as observed from the street.
Note: Surveyors did their best to be fair and accurate, but the interpretation of both occupancy and condition can be subjective. Errors in the map can be corrected, and information can be updated over time as things change.
How was it made?
This map was created in the summer of 2017 by local surveyors who visited all 32,000+ properties in the Urban Redevelopment Zone. Surveyors used the LOVELAND Survey App to take pictures and note the current land use, occupancy, and condition of each property.
How do I use it?
Click a neighborhood or zoom in to see individual parcels. Clicking a parcel shows the imagery and data collected by surveyors.
You can search and highlight many different kinds of property by pressing Query, selecting which attributes or combination of attributes you want to see, and then loading them on the map. (For example, you can choose to see every UNOCCUPIED STRUCTURE that is COMMERCIAL and in GOOD CONDITION.)
You can zoom back up to City-County level with the “Back Out” button.
City boundaries can be changed from neighborhoods to census tracts, etc., with the Bounds button.
Explore the map to discover additional features.
How do i add to or edit the map?
If you would like to contribute to the map, please email Cass Hatcher at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to help keep things current.
Approved contributors will be given access to update the map via the LOVELAND Survey App for Android or iPhone.
Please see the app and property survey training in this presentation:
TOP LEVEL FINDINGS
Here are some findings of general interest across all 32,000+ properties in the Urban Redevelopment Zone. You can Query many more unique property tallies in the map above. You can also Query within smaller neighborhood areas to, for example, see how many vacant lots are in just your neighborhood.
Occupancy of structures
Nearly 20% of structures (one in five) were surveyed as either unoccupied, possibly occupied, or partially occupied.
use of unoccupied structures
Almost 90% of unoccupied structures (nine in ten) are residential properties, typically houses. Other property types typically require more customized interventions.
Condition of Unoccupied Structures
It can be difficult to tell the actual condition of a property without entering it, so please take these categories as a starting point for further investigation. That said, as you can see in the photographs, properties surveyed as Poor or Suggest Demolition are in very rough shape.
Structures Vs Lots
Approximately 80% of properties (four in five) have structures.
Surveyors found more than 66% of lots (two in three) don't have regular maintenance. It can be difficult to judge which lots should and shouldn't be maintained because some are naturally beautiful while others require constant work.
Lots where surveyors reported trash and dumping. It can be difficult to tell from some of the photos what the nature of the dumping is. Surveyors reported many cases of dumping that was overgrown by vegetation.
Data from the survey can be downloaded as a spreadsheet by clicking this link.
Sharing the data with the public and other government departments creates greater transparency in planning and decision making. Errors can be more easily caught and corrected, and new insights can be generated by matching the property survey data to other kinds of geographic and property data.
This project was commissioned by Macon-Bibb County.
LOVELAND Technologies provided the mapping tools and project management.
Locally hired surveyors and volunteers did the work.
If you have questions about how the data can be used or how to get involved in updating it, please contact Cass Hatcher at email@example.com.
If you have questions about the technology or data, please email LOVELAND Technologies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Macon art on this site is by and used with permission from Christopher "Loganic" Logan (see the fully gallery here).