An Interactive Map of Baltimore’s Vacants

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Economist Amine Ouazad made an interactive map of Baltimore’s vacant housing to show another way that Baltimore City and its suburbs are worlds apart. Yellow marks neighborhoods with a low fraction of vacant housing; red marks neighborhoods with a high fraction of vacants.

At a glance, it’s abundantly clear that the city’s vacant-housing crisis doesn’t extend into the county. It’s a little harder to see the contrast between adjacent neighborhoods within the city, as the one color signifies such a wide range, anywhere from 12.04 percent to 58.2 percent vacant.

Map by Amine Ouazad
Map by Amine Ouazad

Fortunately, users can click on a neighborhood to get more precise numbers.

Ouazad offered the map as “a good way to understand the issues” behind Baltimore’s unrest. CityLab used the map to argue that Baltimore “must return its focus to housing, an issue that is, of course, indivisible from justice.”

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  1. How do you read this map. My property appears to be vacant and it’s not I fear this inaccurate and just feeds into negative publicity about Baltimore City

  2. I’m not a statistician but I think the density of housing would play a major role in the interpretation of the statistics. Maybe that is taken in consideration and I just can’t quantify the details.

    Roland Park has less empty house because there are less houses to be empty where Sandtown has more houses in the area.

    Looking at that information then we should also have riots east of the Bay Bridge.

  3. First, the few residents in the neighborhoods with all the vacant housing must resist the urge to plunder any attempts at turning vacant housing into usable housing in order to buy drugs or expensive tennis shoes. Unless change comes from inside the people in those areas the efforts of any agency to help them is fruitless.

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