REVAMP: Real Estate Vacancy & Abandonment Monitoring Project
CamConnect is pursuing funding to begin Camden’s first regularly updated citywide survey of vacant and suspected vacant properties. Abandonment has long been one of Camden’s most visible symptoms of urban decline, and their pervasive presence has led to social fragmentation and a perpetual sense of hopelessness for residents and businesses alike. By combining geo-data from our survey with public and private administrative data, CamConnect hopes to establish a baseline for documenting and tracking the city’s abandonment problem and improve the city’s capacity for real property management. The data from the survey will be used to help both the city and CDC prioritize areas for future investment, determine the impact of financial investments and interventions already underway, and ultimately, to allow residents and organizations to better hold the city accountable.