Blight: Quick Facts

Blight is the process through which a previously functioning city, or part of a city, falls into disrepair. It negatively impacts communities by increasing infrastructure costs, posing safety and environmental hazards, demoralizing communities, and slowing economic development.

Negative impacts of blight:

  • Increases costs due to fire risks and crime, requiring public service spending (police and fire)
  • Reduces tax revenue from depressed property values
  • Drains local infrastructure resources (road, sidewalk, and utility maintenance)
  • Demoralizes communities
  • Poses environmental, health, and safety hazards
  • Becomes a setting for illegal activities, including drug use
  • Slows local economic development:
    • Reduces available commercial and industrial properties
    • Detracts potential entrepreneurs and developers

Eliminating blight through redevelopment can:

  • Turn community health and safety liabilities into community assets
  • Create new, local jobs
  • Increase property values
  • Eliminate eyesores
  • Enhance economic/tax base development
  • Support sustainable use of land
  • Prevent sprawl
  • Improve economic vitality
  • Preserve greenfields

For ideas and resources to help prevent blight in your community, visit our preventing blight resources page.