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.
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.”