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Measuring & Translating the Impact of Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Programs

Jackson, MI

Jackson, Michigan has experienced population decline and associated property vacancy, blight and abandonment that was punctuated by the Great Recession. This work estimates the impact of Jackson's blight elimination program aimed at addressing the negative effects of residential blight and abandonment.

Topics Covered

Redevelopment & Brownfields
Housing & Affordable Housing
Law Enforcement and Emergency Response


Initial: 50 Thousand USD

O&M: 15 Thousand USD


General Fund/Existing Public Funds

Project Status

Operational since 2016

Gov Champion

City of Jackson

Problem Addressed

A home usually has less value when it’s near a structure that is distressed.

That’s why the City of Jackson demolished 612 distressed structures between January 2012 and December 2016. But even then, there were still 3,200 state-owned, tax-forfeited, mostly blighted properties in Jackson. Those properties contribute to low property values and are magnets for vandalism and other criminal activity. As city leaders look to address urban blight, part of their solution was to launch the Neighborhood Stabilization Program but they needed a way to effectively track the impact of their investment. Neighborhood Intel's standard data integration, processing and econometric modeling provided impact estimates of the demolition program on Jackson's property values and tax base. Neighborhood Intel also provided predictive layers that show the potential impact from future demolition or rehabilitation activities at the property-level across Jackson's neighborhoods.

Solutions Used

Dynamo Metrics used the standard features of Neighborhood Intel to calculate the property value impacts of distressed structures compared to vacant lots at the property-level in Jackson's neighborhoods.

Combining that with other property distress and compliance data the city had already collected, Dynamo helped Jackson understand the impacts of each of the 612 demolitions Jackson performed on the respective neighborhood's property values. Equally important, the City was able to make the data and analytics publicly available to support community education and engagement about what they were doing, and why. Visit www.demolitionimpact.com to view impact results in the publicly available Neighborhood Intel platform and policy report.



$30,177,684 in housing value was preserved by 612 publicly-funded demolitions in Jackson between 2012 and 2016.


Demolitions positively impacted the values of 74% of the homes.


For each dollar spent on demolition, an average of $4.02 in home value was preserved.


Jackson secured $2.6M in new federal funding to expand the program.

Who Should Consider

Cities looking to more effectively understand and communicate the impact of property interventions such as rehabilitation, demolition, vacant lot improvements or property compliance and economic development.

Last Updated

Nov 7th, 2018
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