Improving Blight

A new study released from the College of Health and Public Service shows blight is improving in Dallas.

Faculty members Simon Andrew and Hee Soun Jang first identified and measured the most blighted areas of Dallas in a study commissioned by Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity a decade ago.

Now, they've released results from a follow-up assessment examining the change in physical aspects and socioeconomic risk factors between 2011 and 2021.

The study found that the number of census tracts, or geographic areas, suffering from the highest levels of blight in 2011 had decreased from 51 to 31 by 2021. Their data will be useful to government and community leaders eager to help Dallas become more cohesive and economically vibrant.