To eliminate blight and revitalize neighborhoods, many local governments use large teams of volunteers to evaluate property conditions and identify structures that may be abandoned or in disrepair. These property surveys may take several months to complete and are hard to maintain over time. To simplify survey data collection, Esri partnered with the City of New Orleans (NOLA) to create an ArcGIS for Local Government solution called Photo Survey, a web application that can be used by local governments to publish street-level photo collections and conduct focused property surveys that may identify blight, damaged structures, or construction activity. Like all ArcGIS for Local Government solutions, Photo Survey is included with an ArcGIS subscription.
In addition to blight inventories, Photo Survey could also be used to identify structures damaged by a natural or man-made disaster, construction activity that may lead to reappraisal efforts, and/or dilapidated buildings that pose public health and safety concerns to fire service personnel. Photo Survey can be downloaded now from the ArcGIS for Local Government solution site.