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Location Intelligence Helps Transform Property Blight Using LandVision™ and ArcGIS®

May 9, 2018
GIS, Government
By: Vivian Nguyen

Great news for all Esri ArcGIS® users – Digital Map Products now offers bi-directional integration between the Esri ArcGIS platform and our map-based real estate application, LandVision™!

If you’re an Esri ArcGIS user who struggles to keep your data current, SpatialStream can now help. With SpatialStream for ArcGIS, you’re able to stream our nationwide parcel database, SmartParcels, into the ArcGIS platform in real-time, without worrying about processing data or managing costly updates to your database. With the new enhanced SpatialStream capabilities, you get the best of both worlds – our data and your existing ArcGIS workflows.

If you’re a LandVision or GovClarity user and also use the ArcGIS platform, you’re able to pull Esri feature layers into our easy-to-use applications. You can search, filter, and manipulate this data just like you would with any of our other data sets.

These new capabilities were built to work the way that you work and provide multiple implementation options, including WMS/WFS, a plugin for ArcGIS Pro, as well as an API.

In the coming weeks, we will be featuring various use cases showing you how to leverage SpatialStream for ArcGIS, as well as how to leverage ArcGIS feature layers in our applications to support your business objectives.

Today’s post on transforming property blight offers an example of how using ArcGIS feature layers within LandVision can help municipalities increase their efficiency across teams. Even if property blight is not currently a priority for your agency, this post will still resonate – especially if you are seeking a user-friendly way to apply location intelligence to your agency’s workflows.

Urban Blight Photographed along Parmenter Street in Newburgh, NY by Daniel Case on 2006-03-06.

Transforming Property Blight

Many urban areas struggle with pockets of land where there is a high concentration of vacant or abandoned properties – otherwise known as property blight. These areas devolve for a range of reasons, including economic hardship or even natural disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes.

Blighted properties tend to look rundown or are completely falling apart. According to the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western University, areas with blighted properties compromise public safety, as they tend to be met with an increase in violent crime, and homicide. Public health is also a major concern, as people living in blighted properties are more likely to experience elevated levels of lead poisoning, asthma, carbon monoxide exposure, and general illness.

Transforming property blight is an important but challenging issue for local and state government agencies. However, these agencies frequently struggle to gather, organize, and present the data that will help develop effective strategies to reduce or eliminate blighted properties.

Strategize Using Location Intelligence

Developing effective blight reduction strategies begins with gathering, tracking and analyzing the right data. Most government agencies have a GIS analyst to help with this, but they’re not the only ones who need location data to do their job. Many other departments also rely on this information, and often times need to go to their GIS analyst for support in answering location-related questions or creating maps.

With our bi-directional integration capability, your data (behind a firewall, or not) from ArcGIS can easily flow into LandVision, allowing non-technical users to access, manage and analyze results in our user-friendly application. Being able to deploy data and share workflows with colleagues outside of the GIS department is imperative for strategy creation and management.

Here are some examples of data that can be managed in ArcGIS to help with transforming property blight:

  • Allow citizen-reported blight complaints
  • Keep a photo inventory of properties
  • Track demolition activity
  • Track construction activity
  • Locate mortgage assistance programs
  • Manage code violations

LandVision offers powerful, actionable property information that can be paired with ArcGIS data including:

  • Complete owner information
  • Property zoning
  • Parcel boundaries
  • Property attributes
  • Transaction history

With this combination of information from ArcGIS and LandVision, you’ll gain a better sense of which properties require immediate action, and be able to track them over a period of time. Pulling ArcGIS data into LandVision allows users to easily unify information for visual analysis on easy-to-use digital maps. This will help improve decision making to develop and execute proposed solutions.

Take Action Using ArcGIS and LandVision

LandVision together with ArcGIS presents a powerful way to develop data-driven strategies. You get actionable data with ultimate usability, and the ability to share GIS data with non-technical colleagues.

In addition, powerful visualization and interactive mapping provide deeper context to help monitor and reduce property blight. Once you’ve gathered and analyzed blight-related data, your team can easily share findings with key stakeholders to develop actionable plans. Data can be shared with property owners, developers, other jurisdictions, and law enforcement. Sharing data with each of these stakeholders will be critical in transforming blighted areas.

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